Hi, I’m Gramma,
aka Kathy and owner of The Vintage Dames!
about me…. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippias 4:13
I love Jesus, my husband, my son & daughter-in-law, and my grandchildren who are most often first and foremost in my life (after Jesus of course)! It did not start out that way, the grandkids being first and formost! Back in 2001 my sister and I opened our first antique booth at Northgate Antique Mall in Carlisle PA. We shared a booth together till last March, 2016. It all started because I needed a hobby to keep me sane! You see, I was care-giver to my mother-in-law with Alzheimers and it seemed like a good idea to get a hobby. Besides, I needed to get rid of some junk! Unfortunately I learned that my junk was to valuable… it had sentimental value, therefore to expensive for others to buy, so I had to find someone elses junk to sell! I knew how to fix that… go to auctions! Thus began this journey! Well mom passed away in 2008, seven years after coming to live with us. At that time, I was still at Northgate Antiques, but picked up some extra income taking care of a few elderly women. That was untill my first grandchild was born! I fell so deeply in love with her, that I quit the care-giving for the elderly and started babysitting my little pumpkin pie a couple days a week to help out mom & dad. That was 8 years ago and 2 more grandchildren later, I am still babysitting a couple afternoons a week! I am grateful every day for what God has provided, in that I am able to do what I love while taking care of those that I love, all 3 of them…. “to the moon and back”! Oh yea, soon to be 4!
What else…. I love the thrill of the hunt for all things vintage. Jewelry, clothing & accessories, pottery, dishes, paper items, furniture and just about anything old and forgotten. Stop by the Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne and check out my studio space and all the stuff I have collected just for you!
In 2012, I started playing with paint, chalk paint first, then the mineral based chalk, clay and porcelain clay based paints and it was my 4th or 5th love, if your counting all the loves listed above. I started retailing these paints in January of 2012 and have continued ever since. It is such a thrill to paint something old and discarded, change it and give it a second chance at life and find a new love! Last year I went through a health crises and had to give up 2 other locations that I was selling in, but by the Grace of God, I am healed and I now have a second chance at life! You will find me painting something most days and enjoy sharing what I have learned the last 5 years with others, through workshops, demos and just answering questions. I’ll be in my studio space at the Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne and if I’m not there, I will probably be babysitting the grands, or playing with them, or sledding with them or just hanging out with them.
You can find The Vintage Dames at the following locations in Central Pennsylvania;
Antique Marketplace of Lemoyne, 415 Bosler Ave., Booth 183
Lemoyne, PA – Open 7 days a week 10:00 – 5:00
Open Late – Monday & Thursdays till 8:00
If you need anything, just give me a call – 717-580-1900
Email – email@example.com
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