Finding secondhand furniture that tells a story of a rich previous life is a full time job for Michele of MIX Vintage. When Michele decides what vintage furnishings to sell in her Ashville shop, she goes with finds that give her positive feelings and how much she would want the item in her own home. It’s why her Krrb corner is stocked with jewel-tone Persian rugs, iconic Knoll pieces and quirky objects like a three foot hight ceramic sheep. Michele’s knack for finding lustworthy furniture has caught our eye so we had to know where she gets her inspiration and what items she’s crushing on lately. Read on to see why she’s in the Krrb spotlight.
Hi Michele! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a fiend for vintage furnishings and for styling vintage modern spaces. I was redecorating my room daily when I was a little girl. I have a very visceral reaction to beautiful interiors, and love minimalist layerings of design eras and styles. Collecting vintage modern is my passion and my life.
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I grew up in Florida, and am now basking in the amazing vibe of Asheville, North Carolina.
What is the most awesome thing in or about your neighborhood?
I’m about to open a MIX Vintage shop in Biltmore Village in Asheville. I think the most awesome thing about my new nabe is the fantastic antique/vintage shopping all within a couple miles of the famous Biltmore Estate (the largest private home in the country!)
As a kid, were any of your toys and clothes hand-me-downs? Stories please!
Not only were my clothes hand-me-downs, they were boy hand-me-downs. The only older/bigger sibling I had was my brother! Maybe that’s why I love the Tomboy Style blog?!
Today, how often do you go to garage sales, flea markets, etc.?
Rarely, I’m not a morning person!
What is your modus operandi? Any personal tips you’d like to share?
Uncovering hidden treasures is such a green thing to do. By offering beautiful vintage objects that have many lives left in them a new home, we lessen our neighborhood’s carbon footprint.
Have you ever taken home an object you found in the street or dumpster? If so, what was it? And where is it now?
I loved living in New York City and strolling the streets and my building’s basement the night before garbage pick-up. Best thing I found were some lovely Hollywood Regency marble and crystal lamps, with beautiful shades, too (very unusual to find both)! I sold them to a decorator soon after, so my time with them was short, but sweet.
Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
Definitely a minimalist. That’s why this business is so perfect for me. I get to perpetually seek, find and pass on vintage modern treasures to my wonderful customers who have the most incredible style and design eye.
What is your most cherished thrifted, secondhand, vintage, upcycled object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
When I find a wonderful piece of vintage, it takes anywhere from three days to three months to forever, for me to get over my crush on it. Right now, my most prized, loved and awe-inspiring objects are a pair of mid-century Barcelona chairs, designed by Mies van der Rohe in the 1920s and manufactured by Knoll in the late 1960s. These chairs are in the Museum of Modern Art, and art is what they are.
Do you create/make things? What are you working on these days?
Oh, to have the time to make things with my very own hands! Soon!
On the by and by, what’s your day job?
MIX Vintage is my day job, my night job, and my dream job!
The Short List
MIX Vintage, 9-B Reed Street in Asheville until March 31, 2013.
New address coming soon.
Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge Street in Asheville.