My Vintage Varia, a vintage retail store at 120 W. Main Street in Downtown Washington for the past four years, is relocating to a larger space, according to owners Ray and Paula Harvey.
The Harveys noted that while a new business will be occupying the Main Street address, My Vintage Varia is not closing, only growing.
They said their new location will be a much larger warehouse space at 1199 Clearview Road.
The Harveys said their traveling isn’t conducive to managing an open retail store six days a week, so they decided a new larger warehouse was just what they needed.
The new space will be open by appointment only at first, but will be open on selected weekends that will be announced.
The Harveys said they are very excited and pleased with how they were able to secure a new building. They opened the original retail location in 2014 after participating in the vintage market circuit around the Midwest.
What began as a few shows close to home quickly progressed into 20-plus shows per year as far away as Omaha, Chicago, Wichita and Lexington. My Vintage Varia began when Paula Harvey began collecting Depression glassware, antique picking in general, and the vintage business grew from there.
Ray Harvey is primarily a mural artist who has completed more mural art than any artist in Missouri. He creates many of the up-cycled furniture pieces sold in the store, as well as the farmhouse clocks that the couple have become known for.
“We can’t wait for the move to be over and the new work to begin,” said Paula Harvey. “We have big plans and the new, bigger space allows us to complete them. We were just limited in the existing space. We feel very fortunate to make this big change in such a short time and still be ready for show season.”
The new 4,000-square-foot warehouse will have ample room for all the store’s vintage business needs.
“There will be plenty of room for unfinished, as well as completed, furniture pieces,” said Ray Harvey. “We will now have a spray booth, assembly areas, display areas, and places dedicated only to photography of finished items to complement our online sales.”
Harvey said with front and rear parking, and two garage dock doors, they can also load the show trailer indoors when the weather is bad.
“No more parallel parking on Main Street — that’s going to be a luxury,” he said.
The first show of the season is in Springfield, Ill., during the first week of March. The couple needs to be fully unpacked and have stock completed by then.
They said the specialty clocks that are so popular can be seen on their blog/website at www.myvintagevaria.wordpress.com. My Vintage Varia also is on Facebook and Instagram.