This week's Shop of the Week is Oceanside Castle, owned by Laura.
What is the meaning behind your shop name?
Oceanside is where I live. I sell all styles of vintage but specialize in nautical antiques & coastal inspired decorative items.
How did you get your start selling vintage?
I was born & raised in New England surrounded by history & vintage. After moving to California, I realized that Boston would always be a part of me and that's the style I'm drawn to. I've been an avid collector forever. I owned a brick & mortar antique & gift shop for several years. I studied design, history of furniture making & period styles, and worked as an antique appraiser's apprentice. I then did small estate appraising part time. Long before that I was a restaurant decor buyer (somebody has to find all that funky stuff hanging from the ceiling! ) That was a fun job.
I was at a crossroads about 5 years ago and decided to follow my entrepreneurial spirit and go back to doing what I love and work for myself. I'm fortunate to have developed long standing relationships that are invaluable antique sources. My Etsy shop is my full time job. It's challenging and liberating at the same time.
What is your favorite item in your shop right now, and what makes it special to you?
The 17th century bedwarmer. I love the family crest hammered into it and craftsmanship of this piece
What is the most unusual or amazing item you have sold from your shop?
I loved the MCM Jere brass ship. It was huge and signed by hand.