House Of Hipsters Opened A Brick And Mortar In Barrington

I’ve been slightly quiet on the blogger front this year, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on the sofa eating bonbons. No sir-ee bob! I’ve been busy behind the scenes building a little vintage empire in downtown Barrington, IL. In October of last year, the owner of Steeplechase Antiques approached me. “Hey Kyla, the shop next to me will be up for rent. Remember when you said you might be interested in opening a brick and mortar…we’re you serious?” Ummmm, no. Errrrrr, maybe? Well….screw it, what’s the worst that could happen, right? Why not. Count me in!

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.House Of Hipsters Vintage & Antiques Shop
425 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL

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So first thing’s first. The address. I gotta figure out how to do that whole Google biz thing online, but you can find me at 425 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL. (update…I figured it out…I’m official!) I’m still working on the curb appeal. It’s definitely boring right now, but the front window is looking fly AF with those custom pink marble lamps and pink Keith Fortley flower sculpture.

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

The keys landed in my hot little hands in March and the space received a coat of Snowbound…because what else would I paint it? The Boy built a pink wall and then it was moving time.

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

Two trailers later, I had a giant mess on my hands which made me feel slightly overwhelmed. But thanks to the helping hands of The Savoy Flea, progress was made. And I gotta say, I’d be lost without this lady. Girl, you did me a solid. Thank you Marianne.

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

A few things fell apart right before opening day April 11, but I wasn’t going to let me push the date back. I didn’t have a checkout counter but improvised with a folding table and linen tablecloth. The window decal had not shown up. I had zero signage..and presently only have a sandwich board. The large light up sign still says Barrington Rug Company which was two shops ago, LOL. It’s on my to-do list. In fact, I just stopped writing to text my landlord…who BTDubs is awesome! He texted me a good luck message on opening day and asked if everything was a-okay. SRSLY? Couldn’t have landed in a better place.

So let’s chat opening day. OMG, it was crazy busy! Soooooo many insanely amazing people stopped in to say hello. I even had an excited customer walk in behind me while I was opening the door. The first piece out the door was a little brass camel. It was so cute!

My friend Ilana stopped in with presents and well wishes. Kim from Strangelovely stopped in flowers, my Barrington Boss Lady Group brought me wine and cookies and even more flowers. Ashley brought me champagne. My parents sent orchids. Ali made me this incredible HOH 4.11.19 sign. And much to my surprise, followers stopped in. You guys are real!!!! That might have been the most shocking thing ever. Sometimes you have no idea if anyone is even listening, you know?

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

Apparently, this whole shoppe thing was a much bigger deal than I originally thought it to be. Just like the blog, a brick and mortar was never a biz goal or even on my radar…it was more of a huh, let’s roll the dice and see what happens. Complete spur of the moment decision. There was no major build up or plan, but after the first day, I sat down on the pinkies and just soaked it all in for 15 minutes. I was proud of me. The Boy was proud of me. My friends hugged me before leaving and said, “girl, you’re gonna crush it”. The whole day was completely overwhelming, and at 7pm when I laid down with Zozo to read her a bedtime story, I crashed.

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

Since opening day, foot traffic has been a nice steady stream of some of the friendliest people ever. Local interior designers found me quickly and one posted the shop to her Instagram with the hashtag #makingbarringtonhipagain. Ya, Imma keep that m’lady. It’s brilliant! Barrington, you have embraced me and my eclectic crazy style with open arms, and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you!

House Of Hipsters just opened a vintage antique shop in Barrington, IL. Statement pieces and beautiful objects. Home Decor. Vintage furniture, antiques, home accessories, interiors, art, decorative arts, mid century modern, modern.

 

10 Comments

  1. Patrick Weseman May 21, 2019

    So very cool. I am very happy for you. Blessings in your venture.

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  2. Ironmongery Experts May 22, 2019

    Looks great, hope this new adventure goes well! All the best, Carolina at Ironmongery Experts.

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  3. Peggy Alexander May 22, 2019

    I love this, you go girl!

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  4. Julie May 23, 2019

    Wonderful!!! You have great style.

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  5. Martha Peck May 23, 2019

    Wishing you much success!

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  6. Jess May 23, 2019

    Congratulations! It looks like an awesome shop. I’d love to daytrip down there and check it out!

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  7. Olivia May 23, 2019

    How exciting! I need to make it down to see you.

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  8. Ariene May 23, 2019

    Sounds like the perfect day – Congrats!!!

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  9. Judith Holtz May 24, 2019

    Awesome, Kyla! I’m so impressed&so happy about your success!

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    • kyla May 30, 2019

      Thank you so much! Who knew a complete career change would be so fun!?!?!?!

      Reply

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