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This Saturday, May 17, marks the third recurrence of Vintage on the Veranda, hosted by friends Richard Stone and Susan Aumen at 4109 Forest Hill Avenue. The twice-yearly vintage home décor flash sale runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with “late bird” discounts starting at 2 p.m.
Vintage on the Veranda III will feature a variety of vintage products, including home accents, accessories, artwork, fabric, garden ornaments, glassware, lamps, and Oriental and other rugs in styles ranging from industrial and eclectic to Mid-century.
Aumen has an extensive experience buying and selling vintage goods and is best known for bringing Richmonders her eclectic assortment at Ralph's Warehouse. Stone is a local photography stylist and online vintage dealer.
"Our styles are very different," Stone says. "Susan loves Art Deco, rustic, and anything with a European or Craftsman-style influence. I have a love of all things Palm Beach, but as I get older, I am seeing my taste shifting towards 'cleaned up traditional.' Our real connecting thread is that we both adore anything with an organic quality to it."
In the days leading up to the sale, visit their Facebook page, where Stone and Aumen post daily photos including descriptions and prices for each item.
In addition to pictures of what they will be selling, Stone and Aumen also have posted tips and tricks for shopping at the sale. They recommend you take an inventory of your home before you leave—many times, you’ll find a bare spot that could be filled by something you find at the sale (and it’s better to know before, rather than lose the sale to someone else). Another tip is to bring a basket; bulky or strangely shaped items are harder to carry, and purchasing multiple pieces means you might get the chance to haggle down the price.
"The reality is that you can't keep it all," Stone says. "Being in the business where beautiful things are almost at every turn, it is easier for us to let pieces go than it is for most people. We have worked very hard to make this sale the best ever, and hope that our customers will enjoy purchasing a little bit of our aesthetic. I can honestly say there will be something there for everyone."