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Featured Shop: The White Pepper

Dec 21, 2015

by The White Pepper

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Greetings! I’m Christina, the thrifter, photographer, and vintage matchmaker behind The White Pepper. I sell mid-century modern furniture, home decor, and vintage collectibles from my home in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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I fell in love with treasure hunting when I was young. I was captivated by all things vintage, but especially the decor, clothing, and ephemera of the 1960s. My mother and I used to go antiquing, and I grew up watching her collections multiply. It didn’t take long before I began a few of my own. First, it was mid-century Nancy Drew books, then floral jewelry. Those were followed by yellow McCoy pottery and Russian nesting dolls, and most recently, antique panoramic photos and vintage brooches. There is something so satisfying about coupling a single piece of history with its match, then seeing that match evolve into a collection. Just walking past my collections makes me smile.

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My process is quite simple, really. On any given day, I can be found scouring thrift shops, consignment stores or estate sales in search of treasures from the past. I only offer items that I would display in my own home, so finding them is easy; the challenge is parting with them. In between, I restore, rejuvenate, and photograph each item, hoping to represent it as accurately as possible. The story behind each piece is important to me, so I spend time researching its history and finding out what makes it unique. Whether it’s a piece of hand-crafted Danish furniture or a signed vintage quilt, it’s always fun to discover details about an item’s former life.

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Before opening my shop, I was a Montessori school teacher. When my son was born, I decided to stay home, and I needed something to keep me busy, so I opened The White Pepper. During his waking hours, we bounced from thrift shop to estate sale, and during nap time I took photographs and prepared orders for shipment. Now that he’s in school, I spend entire days working on my shop, and I couldn’t be more satisfied. Etsy made it possible for my pastime to become a full-time business. Not only do I get to see my son grow, but I get to watch my collections grow as well. It’s a win-win!

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