antique-shopping

Tucked around the corner from Heirloom in Beaver is a small storefront with a large personality. This one door leads to three completely different shops – Ideas Vintage Market, Beaver Antique Merchants, and Elegant Accents. Even though they are all so different, they mesh so well together!

Beaver Antique Merchants

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Beaver Antique Merchants is a new venture by Jason Foster. Jason is lovingly described as a ‘picker’ by his wife Beth, claiming he has been scoping out and collecting interesting treasures for years. He comes from a long line of collectors, so it must be in his genes!

Now, if you went to Beaver High School and you had a tendency to visit McDonalds instead of, say, 2nd period, you may be familiar with his mother, the truancy officer Mrs. Foster. I ran into her recently at the Beaver Farmers Market and honestly my first instinct was to run. Some things never change!

Anyway, Jason has a knack, as you will see when you enter the shop, of finding really cool pieces. I stopped by when he first opened and fascinated by not only the items but the variety of what he had. From an old taxi fare reader, to a copper and brass diving helmet…and even a framed drawing of a Pittsburg (without the H!) player.

You really need to walk around and look at everything in there, because there are interesting bits tucked in every corner of the shop. The inventory will be constantly changing and he will be adding new pieces as he finds them.

If you are in need of something specific, talk to Jason! He will try his best to help you find it! He can be reached at 724-494-0766 or on their Facebook page.

Ideas Vintage Market

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Next up, Ideas Vintage Market with Judith Minegar. Her store has another location in Sewickley that has a ton of merchandise! In Beaver, she specializes in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

Not to be confused with chalk board paint, this paint gives furniture sort of a creamy matte finish. When I was browsing the store, I noticed the furniture holding the paint and waxes for sale and I was in love!

The paint transforms furniture, whatever you have really.. wood, laminate, it doesn’t matter, into something that is showroom quality. The best part about the paint? Zero prep. You read that correctly. ZERO PREP. No sanding or stripping varnish. If you have ever tried refinishing furniture, you know what sort of torture that is.

Another big selling point is that there is no smell at all. No harmful fumes. You can paint it right in the house, with the kids and pets laying around it (although, let it be known.. if you are a sloppy painter, this paint will not clean itself off of your hardwood floor).

Judith held a workshop on the second floor of Ideas a few weekends ago that I was able to attend. She taught us everything we needed to know about the paint and the process, and I will tell you something, you can absolutely do this. You don’t need any special crafty talents or skill outside of being able to hold a paint brush.

I took in drawers from a big desk armoire that I picked up on a Hostetter Auction. The Mister hates everything about this armoire. From the moment he had to pick it up and haul it home for me, he wanted to drive it to a dumpster.

When I mentioned refinishing it, he was all but thrilled about throwing away more money on something he assumed would never live anywhere but in the trash. The armoire side of this beastly piece of furniture is lined with cedar, but the other side.. the side with drawers and a pull down desk, smelled like it had been stored in a damp, dank basement for the last 400 years. I decided to get a new desk from deskview.co, this one allows me to travel and is compact.

The front of the piece was laminate, very old laminate that was breaking off and discolored. Judith went through the step-by-step process with me on how to paint it, and she even showed me how to get the stink out of the drawers! I still have to finish the main part of the piece but I can tell you that based on the drawers, it looks like a completely different piece of furniture and it will be going right in my dining room (take that, Mister B!).

To reserve your spot in a class or to learn more about Annie Sloan, give Judith a call at 412-534-4218, or check out her website at www.ideasvintagemarket.com.

Elegant Accents

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Finally, we have Elegant Accents by Renee Herstine. Renee actually had a storefront in Rochester for 17 years, so you may already be familiar with her and her work. She does beautiful custom silk floral arrangements and a variety of home décor and has plenty on display in the shop in Beaver! She can do arrangements for any home or event, just give her a call to set up an appointment.

Another aspect to Renee’s business is her holiday decorating services! If you are anything like me, having a house beautifully decorated for Christmas has always been the goal – however, again, if you are anything like me, you probably end up with one pathetic tree on the front porch and half of the icicle lights out.

Don’t bother with it this year and call Renee to do it for you! She will come to your house or business and make it look as festive as those Pinterest boards you follow, without any time or effort on your part. She can be reached at 412-897-6528, or via email at elegantacnt@aol.com.

These three shops are a great place to stop when you are shopping for something unique or even just browsing through town. Just make sure you don’t do it during school hours or Jason’s mom will bust you!

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!