When you see engagement photos of a happily-engaged couple snuggling on a vintage settee in the middle of a lavender field, do you ever wonder: 1. Why? and 2. Where did they get that cool couch?
Wonder no more. Meg Fite of The Turn Vintage Warehouse started selling vintage furniture online and at the City Flea, but keeping everything in her house proved to be a burden. So when she saw the space between 915 Monmouth and vintage boutique Dresser Up was for lease (and found a business partner in Dresser Up owner Wendy Crichter), she was in. “It looked ugly,” Fite laughs, “but it had potential.”
After plenty of cleaning and painting, the doors of The Turn Vintage Warehouse opened in December 2014.
The Turn sells vintage furniture and décor in the front of the shop, while the rental warehouse and event space occupy the back. Walking down the hardwood aisle (no really), you can see how Fite’s eye for collecting things with a rustic vintage feel—nothing is too precious or delicate—has influenced the selection.
“I have a vision for things,” confirms Fite, gesturing to an assortment of about 50 chairs, all different styles, and leading me to a collection of vintage goblets made of heavy colored glass, which they use to serve everything from water to wine. We pass a huge whitewashed table that’s one of their signature items, and an old church pew in the process of having its padding removed. A chalkboard wall is done up in pretty handwriting by her daughter Atalie, who changes the lettering and theme for events. There’s a makeshift bar, a serving area, and a sitting room in the back, where bridal shower and rehearsal dinner attendees can have a seat.
The event space is available for everything from showers and rehearsal dinners to corporate holiday parties and full-on wedding ceremonies. They offer packages in addition to hourly rental, which includes styling, seating, and serving ware. “All clients need to do is bring food,” says Fite.
While they’re currently working on adding photos of everything to the website, anyone is welcome to stop in and peruse the selection of furniture and décor. For non-fussy brides and grooms, it’s an easy solution. “We just like helping people,” says Fite. “We see this as making something that could be stressful a very relaxed time.”