Vintage furniture is more than just about furnishing an empty room. There are pieces that have been lived in, experienced and then shared time and time again. It’s the journey and the story of each furnishing that drove Gina De La Mora to open her store, Painted Rubbish, just last month. Her shop features just about anything with vintage charm and a tale to tell. As such, it is stocked with estate sale finds and scavenged goodies collected over time. Populated by an artsy crowd, the shop even offers art classes to the neighborhood, and with it sharing the tradition of restoration and creativity. We caught up with Gina to learn about her inspiration behind the shop and the fun of working with local artists.
Hi Gina! What’s really good about this neighborhood?
The neighborhood is a really lively place. It’s very busy, trendy, and has an up and coming artsy vibe.
What do you do to draw people in?
We love to offer art classes and we always market local artists. Chrissy Albano, for example, is a wonderful mixed multimedia artist and my son, Gabriel, is a talented drawer and painter who actually inspired me to open this shop. It also doesn’t hurt that we offer free wifi, coffee and candy!
What do you sell that’s popular with the locals?
Painted Rubbish sells vintage and mid-century modern, hand-painted, funky furniture and one of a kind finds from local artists. Our favorite furniture artists from the area are Jackie Tito and Karen Netzer who paint wild designs like animal prints, polka dots and daisies on furniture.
Visit the Shop
Painted Rubbish’s Krrb corner
20 W. Harris, La Grange, Illinois
Monday through Saturday, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, noon – 4pm
Painted Rubbish is currently hiring, visit their Facebook page for more information.