This week's shop, One Fairfax Road , is owned by Anne.
1. Please tell us a little about you and your shop.
I live in southern California with my husband and I have two sons who recently graduated from college. I have worked in finance for many years, and am now trying to use my creative side. My interest in antiques started when I was living in London some 20 years ago. I became intrigued by the history behind the objects and art I spotted at antique shops and fairs, and I continued to collect and learn about antiques when we returned to the US.
Fast forward a few years, and we had just dropped our youngest son off at college. With a fair amount of trepidation since I had never started a business, I opened an antiques booth at a nearby antiques mall. A short time later, I launched my Etsy shop, OneFairfaxRoad, which was our address in London.
I travel to Europe once a year to buy decorative vintage items and I also frequent southern California estate sales and antiques markets. I’m drawn to unusual finds and I enjoy discovering the story behind them. For example, what at first looks like a simple wicker basket becomes more interesting to me when I learn that fashionable Parisian ladies were fond of using these baskets for holding fruits and veggies on market days.
I’m grateful to my Vesties Team members who I continue to learn from. Whether it’s how to take better pictures in poor light or how to respond to a customer requesting an untruthful customs form, this team is the one I turn to time and time again. Merci, friends!
2. What is your favorite era and why?
My favorites tend to be items from the 30s and 40s with patina, rust and a story to tell. Our home is an eclectic mix of old and new with a beachy spin.
3. What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?
My favorite item is this little bathing beauty from France. These flapper figurines are found in assorted poses wearing the colorful swim costumes of the times. Tourists to French resort beach towns bought them as souvenirs of their vacations. I believe a coastal accent works well with most decorating styles.