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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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Vintage Handmade Wooden Sewing Thread Organizer
Vintage Handmade Wooden Sewing Thread Organizer
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$74.00 USD
Vintage Original Still Life Painting - Bookshelves and Dog
Vintage Original Still Life Painting - Bookshelves and Dog
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$110.00 USD
Vintage Brass Bonnet Bookends
Vintage Brass Bonnet Bookends
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$68.00 USD
Pair of Vintage Decorative Floral Pillows - Olive Green, Purple, and Yellow
Pair of Vintage Decorative Floral Pillows - Olive Green, Purple, and Yellow
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$58.50 USD
Vintage flower Basket Painting
Vintage flower Basket Painting
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$110.00 USD
Vintage Brass Maple Leaf Wall Hanging Trio
Vintage Brass Maple Leaf Wall Hanging Trio
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$38.00 USD
Vintage Rainbow Book Set / Jokes and Riddles / Brain Puzzles
Vintage Rainbow Book Set / Jokes and Riddles / Brain Puzzles
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$74.00 USD
Pair of Mid-Century Ceramic Yellow Lamps with Original Shades
Pair of Mid-Century Ceramic Yellow Lamps with Original Shades
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$165.00 USD
Vintage Rainbow Cookbook Collection - Fourteen Vintage Cookbooks
Vintage Rainbow Cookbook Collection - Fourteen Vintage Cookbooks
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$200.00 USD
Vintage Framed Iowa Cross Stitch
Vintage Framed Iowa Cross Stitch
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$68.00 USD
Vintage Light Mint Green Ristoc Storage Box with Compartments
Vintage Light Mint Green Ristoc Storage Box with Compartments
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$74.00 USD
Vintage Wooden Storage Box
Vintage Wooden Storage Box
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$65.00 USD
Mid-Century Floral Iced Tea Glasses
Mid-Century Floral Iced Tea Glasses
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$38.00 USD
Vintage Brass Dolphin Statue or Sculpture - Nautical Brass Sculpture
Vintage Brass Dolphin Statue or Sculpture - Nautical Brass Sculpture
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$45.00 USD
Vintage Original Signed Landscape Painting
Vintage Original Signed Landscape Painting
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$120.00 USD
Mid-Century Pair of Original Signed Landscape Paintings
Mid-Century Pair of Original Signed Landscape Paintings
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$225.00 USD
Vintage Hand-Painted Original Floral Painting - Flower Bouquet
Vintage Hand-Painted Original Floral Painting - Flower Bouquet
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$58.00 USD
Pair of Vintage Brass Cranes - 19" and 7"
Pair of Vintage Brass Cranes - 19" and 7"
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$65.00 USD
Vintage Brass Cat Trinket Dish
Vintage Brass Cat Trinket Dish
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$38.00 USD
Vintage Chinese Lanterns Crewel Embroidery
Vintage Chinese Lanterns Crewel Embroidery
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$84.00 USD
Antique Nature Book - Our Backdoor Neighbors - Frank C. Pellett
Antique Nature Book - Our Backdoor Neighbors - Frank C. Pellett
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$32.00 USD
Vintage Framed Winter Landscape Paint by Number
Vintage Framed Winter Landscape Paint by Number
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$62.00 USD
Vintage Wooden Floral Serving Trays
Vintage Wooden Floral Serving Trays
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$34.00 USD
Vintage Brass Candle Holders Collection - Twelve Brass Candle Holders
Vintage Brass Candle Holders Collection - Twelve Brass Candle Holders
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$145.00 USD
Vintage Pair of Small Wooden Owl Shaped Wall Shelves
Vintage Pair of Small Wooden Owl Shaped Wall Shelves
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$26.00 USD
Vintage 16" Ironwood Horse Statue
Vintage 16" Ironwood Horse Statue
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$84.00 USD
Vintage Paul Revere Crewel Embroidery
Vintage Paul Revere Crewel Embroidery
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$46.00 USD
Vintage Painting on Board - Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff - Signed R.A. Galloway 1961
Vintage Painting on Board - Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff - Signed R.A. Galloway 1961
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$74.00 USD
Vintage Large Yellow Flower Serving Tray or Platter
Vintage Large Yellow Flower Serving Tray or Platter
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$18.00 USD
Vintage Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Mug
Vintage Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Mug
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$12.50 USD
Vintage Framed Country Scene Embroidery - Needlepoint and Crewel Wall Hanging
Vintage Framed Country Scene Embroidery - Needlepoint and Crewel Wall Hanging
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$44.00 USD
SHIPS FREE - Vintage Orange and Brown Metal Daher Tin
SHIPS FREE - Vintage Orange and Brown Metal Daher Tin
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$22.00 USD
Pair of Vintage Laminated Anatomical Charts - Skeletal System and Muscular System
Pair of Vintage Laminated Anatomical Charts - Skeletal System and Muscular System
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$124.00 USD
Vintage Velvet Clipper Ship Paint by Number Painting
Vintage Velvet Clipper Ship Paint by Number Painting
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$32.00 USD
Vintage Brass Correo Slot / Mail Slot
Vintage Brass Correo Slot / Mail Slot
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$56.00 USD
Vintage Brass Clipper Ship Door Knocker
Vintage Brass Clipper Ship Door Knocker
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$40.00 USD
Mid-Century Brass Magazine Rack with Handle
Mid-Century Brass Magazine Rack with Handle
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$74.00 USD
Vintage Faux Bois Desk Organizer
Vintage Faux Bois Desk Organizer
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$26.00 USD
Vintage Lady in Red Scarf Framed Portrait
Vintage Lady in Red Scarf Framed Portrait
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$32.00 USD
Vintage Beach Sunset Lithograph Wall Hanging - Free Shipping
Vintage Beach Sunset Lithograph Wall Hanging - Free Shipping
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$48.00 USD
Mid-Century Brass Umbrella Holder - Pink and Gold
Mid-Century Brass Umbrella Holder - Pink and Gold
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$120.00 USD
Vintage Wooden Teapot Shaped Spice Rack
Vintage Wooden Teapot Shaped Spice Rack
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$60.00 USD
Pair of Vintage Historical Crewel Embrodieries
Pair of Vintage Historical Crewel Embrodieries
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$50.00 USD
Vintage Framed De Camp Floral Pint
Vintage Framed De Camp Floral Pint
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$34.50 USD

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