All Things Vintage #8

June has come into town and in a very rainy way if I do say so myself! Delaware has had several days of rain this month and I am not complaining one bit! Our yard is loving every drop!


There have been a few changes here at Reinvented Delaware. Not on the blog but in our local business.

Let me tell you a little bit about the last two weeks.

First there was the fire.

Yes, I just said fire.

The building next to the building that Wilderlove Handmade and Vintage rents out to vendors, burned down in the middle of the night.

It’s nothing short of a miracle that our building didn’t burn down too. The buildings only have about 20″ between them!

And our spot was on the wall next to the building that burned. See the top two windows on the right? Yep, that’s our spot!

Let me also say that Wilderlove and Amity Coffee use the same building. Wilderlove is on the left of the building and upstairs while Amity Coffee Roasters operates downstairs on the right. The two business work hand in hand to serve the community.

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untouched by the flames

We are so thankful that our building was literally untouched by the flames (except for a little corner of the building in the very back). The only damage we experienced was smoke and some soot.

A good shop-vacing and wiping down of everything in the store took care of that. And when I say everything, I mean everything! Think of your favorite vintage and antique shop and all the little items they offer to their customers.

This sign was hanging in the store at the time of the fire and seemed fitting when the community showed up to work.

thorough cleaning

Things like vintage salt & pepper shakers, ironstone platters, antique ink bottles, antique and vintage furniture, upholstered furniture, architectual salvage pieces like corbels, vintage clothig and quilts. The list could go on and on!

Everything had to be cleaned. Some things had to be taken home and laundered like the vintage clothing and linens.

The local community came out in droves. Churches, community leaders, and customers all came to help with all the work that had to be done.

out of the blue

And then the very next week, the owners of Wilderlove were asked to leave the building due to a discrepency in the lease agreement.

The details are really none of my business but I can say that the owners of Wilderlove made the best decision for their own business and for the vendors that use their booth space to offer all the vintage goodness they can to their local customers.

Rachel and Sonya – Wilderlove owners – they create community events like this Halloween event.

I completely trust the two women that run Wilderlove and was so honored they asked us to move with them to their new location! They invited several of the other vendors to move with them.

This past week was filled with the move. Vendors were responsible to move their own items. We all pitched in and helped each other when we could. I can say, there is such a sense of community in our group of vendors and the owners of Wilderlove, Sonya & Rachel, have fostered that type of atmosphere.

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Well, I certainly didn’t mean for this to be a heavy post. But those are the events that have happened over the last couple of weeks. We are all settled in our new location and have reopened. Every item is clean and fresh and ready for customers.

And we are ready for our new adventure at this new location:

Wilderlove Handmade and Vintage located at 6 Market Street in Greenwood, Delaware.

fun projects

And we did manage to squeeze in a fun lamp project this week. I think you’re going to love it!

How to Upcycle a Glass Jar | Easy Lamp Project

close up of underside of wood base for upcycle a glass jar blog post tutorial

Here are a couple more lamp makeover and diy projects for you to enjoy!

How to Paint a Lamp in Six Easy Steps

How to Repurpose a Shutter

DIY Wooden Lanterns

DIY Birdhouse Lamp

Well that’s it for this week. If you stayed with me this long through a heavy post, thank you. It means alot that you read our blog and listen to our stories.

Until next time…

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  1. Lots of changes. Glad everyone was safe from the fire and settled into the new location! Best of luck to all there! Thanks for including my birdhouse lamp today. Your lamp is just lovely!!

  2. Holy cow the fire! How scary! So glad everyone was safe! I love love your upcycled lamp!


    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Karin – The lamp was a fun project that I might have to do again!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      It was scary! We are grateful no one was hurt 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Paula!

  3. So thankful you didn’t lose anything. Happy no one was hurt either. How scary. Happy you are getting settled somewhere else.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      The new place is amazing! No more stairs for this ole’ lady!! Thanks for stopping by Cindy!

  4. I could not believe it when you placed it on Instagram! So sad! Happy all is well now and things are settling down.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Melba, we are so thankful all is ok! Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Wow! Someone was smiling on you that day! I can’t imagine anything worse than seeing all your beloved stuff going up in flames. I’m so pleased you have found new premises and that things worked out for the best.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      We are too Carol! I’ve never been through anything like that and hope to never go through it again!

  6. You’ve certainly had a lot on your plate, Cindy! How lovely that your community could all move together. Good luck in your new space!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      The community was amazing! It often takes a difficult situation for people to come together! Thanks for stopping by Jayne! BTW, loved your home tour!

  7. Wow. I’m exhausted just READING everything you did in the last two weeks.
    You have my admiration for your spirit, tenacity, drive and endless amount of energy. Go Cindy!

  8. So thankful that fire wasn’t worse and you seem to have a new home. Can’t wait to meet in person next month.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes, we are so thankful the damage wasn’t bad at all! So excited for next month!!!

  9. Amazing! So glad God protected you! Love your positive attitude even in big changes and trials!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes! He was watching over us for sure! BTW, love you apron tutorial! I need to make one for my workshop/painting days!

  10. First a fire and then the move! What a busy stressful time. Thankfully everyone is okay,