You would be lucky to jump into Karen Kessler’s little gray truck and go vintage shopping with her. She is a great shopper and can find, as she says, “the oddest things,” like the dentist’s case full of replica sample teeth. But she also buys ‘normal things.’ Normal vintage things like concrete birdbaths, rustic tables, wood porch swings, watering cans, birdhouses and primitive benches.
Karen is drawn to rustic furniture in grays and whites, primitive tools and old signs, garden décor, and anything having to do with back porches and farmhouses.
Her spot at Good Ju Ju abounds with small delights as well: vintage children’s books, game pieces, vintage light bulbs, and those ‘odd’ things again: the faux wood fish with fishhook hangers, two tiny metal fans, and a four foot yard stick.
Karen has shopped for 15 years now and doesn’t plan to stop. “All I can say is that my husband wants his basement back.” We'll see about that, but aren't holding our breath. Karen is famous at Good Ju Ju for her energy and twisted sense of humor.