July 29, 2013Let’s Welcome Colleen and Allen from Atomic Vault on Etsy!
Everyone give a big welcome to Colleen and Allen, two super-sweet people who run the shop Atomic Vault on Etsy and who are No Pattern Required’s newest sponsors!
When I asked Colleen to give us a little peek into their life, this is what she wrote:
We were always into vintage, retro, and mid century modern items. We would go anywhere for that rare piece. When we bought our second house, a California Ranch built in 1959, we knew filling it with period classics was going to be an exciting new hill to climb! Going to thrift shops, garage sales, even family member’s basements, we were always looking for that cute little end table or shiny chrome kitchen gadget from decades ago.
We knew these pieces had a style, a voice, a character that nothing today seems to possess. These were built to last, and made here in the U.S.A. This is why we love to buy from this period! Our little family tries to live as dark “green” as we can to support our community and protect our daughter’s future. We want her to grow up knowing things can be reused and given another life. Always appreciate what you have and never mindlessly throw it away without creatively thinking about what it could still be.
As we found more and more great pieces a business was born (after all, how many chrome waffle irons does one family need?) So we’ve opened the “Atomic Vault” for others to enjoy and snatch up treasures for their own retro homes! So as you can see, it is a business, but with a purpose for our family and hopefully yours! We stand by our customers with only one motto: “REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE with Atomic Vault gifts!”
1. Do you have any vintage or retro collections? We would love to hear about them, in detail!
Allen has quite the collection of vintage cameras, 8mm movie projectors and slide projectors going…some make it to the store, others find a permanent home on the Domino Mobler shelves we scored. $30 each! Woohoo!
2. What does your house look like right now?
Half painted 🙂
Here’s a pic of our California Ranch house in the NW Chicago burbs. Ours was a model home made by Kennedy Builders so although there are many similar to ours in the neighborhood none of them match it exactly. And ours is one of the very few with full basements (lucky for us cause that’s where a bunch of good MCM collectibles were hiding!)
We also found a giant stash of McKee Jadeite in the rusty metal shed behind our house, most of which we sold through Atomic Vault.
3. What is your favorite vintage possession? What is the story behind how you came to own it?
We love love love the Heywood Wakefield Desk we found about a week before we closed on our house! Had to have the vintage shop hold it for us until moving day so that we could pick it up in our rental truck It was the very first thing in the door!
4. What would you rather have, an Eames lounger or an enormous pink vintage sectional?
Mr.Atomic Vault, my husband Allen would kill for an Eames! He drools every time we see one on Instagram or I bring home the Design Within Reach catalog (and why do they call it that? Nothing in there is within my reach!)
5. If you could have anything to eat right now, what would it be?
I could really go for a strawberry shake from Portillo’s Hot Dogs, Allen will take Chinese food! 🙂
Thanks for the fun interview, Colleen and Allen! I hope everyone heads over to Atomic Vault to take a look at what they’ve put together, and as further enticement, No Pattern Required fans get 20% off anything in their shop with coupon code NOPATTERN20 !