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"I have an eye for things that people like."

Robin Anderson sells home furnishings old and new at Vintage Home Bazaar.

by Anita LeBlanc

From the September, 2018 issue

"I buy and sell things that people like. I have an eye for it. I love doing this!" exclaims Robin Anderson as she shows off Vintage Home Bazaar, her 1,500-square-foot shop of vintage, antique, primitive, mid-century modern, and a small sprinkle of new home furnishings. Located next to Four Seasons Sunrooms Kitchen and Bath, the former salon now displays chairs and couches, rugs, lamps and chandeliers, paintings, sculptures, and scads of other eye-catching decor--a signed Herman Miller white Formica table with a tulip base, a few Thomasville Asian cabinets, a Wassily-style chair, a framed paint-by-number picture from the Fifties, and a Seventies Infinity mirror are among them. She apologizes for the number of yet-to-be-hung pictures lining the hallway to her office.

Anderson says her buying-and-reselling obsession began several years ago after she made $1,000 from a single Sunday afternoon yard sale of new and gently used children's clothing. "I was hooked," she smiles.

Since then she's opened and sold a Belleville resale shop and worked as a personal care assistant and at a consignment shop. All the while, she's been combing garage and estate sales, filling a pole barn at her home and a nearby storage warehouse. That collection is now the store's merchandise.

Family and friends helped her refurbish the space in May and June then celebrate her sixtieth birthday and the store's grand opening on July 18. Friend Christy Howard, in addition to cleaning and arranging, gifted Anderson with graphic design and marketing services. Her sister, Donna, contributed the vintage "open" sign near the storefront signage.

Vintage Home Bazaar, 6055 Jackson Rd., ste. 2. (734) 929-5733. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon.     (end of article)

[Originally published in September, 2018.]


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