This small vintage shop in Tipp City went unnoticed by me for the longest time because it’s not located on the main street of town, where most of the other stores are located. I discovered it early this summer, during the town’s antique and artisan show and have found vintage treasures each and every time that I have shopped there. During that first visit, I met Jean, who finds and displays many of the shop’s unique treasures. While chatting, I mentioned that I was from Dayton. To my surprise she said, “I know you- you’re Sullivan and Murphy.” That gave me quite a surprise- I guess people actually DO look at blog profile pictures!
Located in an old brick building that once housed the town’s opera house, Past Perfect is a small shop filled with vintage items ranging from small silver items to large industrial pieces. When we visited the store last Friday, Jean was hard at work, gearing up for the town’s Shopkeeper’s Open House over the weekend.
Jean placed snowflake ornaments from the dollar store into vintage flower frogs. These would make a great statement when grouped together on a silver or wooden tray, don’t you think?
Old Shiny Brite ornaments were piled on a bed of packing material in this rusty old metal container. It was sitting on an old camp stool, which is what really caught my attention. I bought the stool for the paltry sum of a dollar!
The canvas is really dirty and stained, but I have the perfect old feedsack to use as a new seat cover.
I liked Jean’s idea of placing a vintage ornament onto shredded paper nestled into an old bed spring. I have an idea for something similar if I can only find the springs I bought from her during the summer. Does anybody else buy things then put them away, never to find them until months after you need them~ or am I the only one who do this? FYI~ I bought another spring just in case I don’t find any of the ones I put away.
Mr. S spotted this small Western Clipper sled when we entered the shop. He’s been on the lookout for one since last year; and this one was quite reasonably priced, compared to what most antique booths want for them. It will be used in a vignette outside the front door. My plan is to find a pair of old ice skates to hang on it.
I have no idea what this piece of industrial metal actually is- I think it looks a bit like a roof vent. Jean hung old clock parts off of it.
Look at the face on this sweet doggie!
This wooden cage would look fabulous filled with wrapped packages and baubles for Christmas.
The chair seat was covered with an old coffee bean sack. I am getting forgetful- I thought I’d put a sack onto my purchase pile, but I came home without one.
The store was filled with quite a few industrial fixtures and spritzer bottles.
The industrial caged light look is very popular these days.
Need a fedora?
I wasn’t happy with the blurriness of the microscope in this photo, so I played with it in Photoscape to create a watercolor pencil effect. I was very surprised that the microscope didn’t come home with us~ Mr. S kept picking it up. It would look pretty cool displayed on one of the shelves in the entertainment center. Are you reading this, Mr. S?
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of Past Perfect. If you’re ever in the Tipp City area, the shop is located at the corner of Main and Second Streets – on the Second St. side. I’m sure you’ll find a cool thing or two if you visit.