Stanley Ballard’s VT Pottery – Wed. Feb 8th 6:30pm

In this engaging and informative lecture, Vintage Inspired Marketplace vendor, Tom Jiamachello, offers insights into the extraordinary work of Vermont potter, Stanley Ballard.
Vermont studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) produced a body of work that has attracted national attention from collectors of Mid-century pottery.
Stanley Ballard graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were part of the faculty: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.
Ballard’s first studio was in Burlington’s Old North End. By the early 1950s, he had progressed to a store on Shelburne Road near Holmes Raod. At age 43, Ballard’s career ended with his untimely tragic death in February 1960. He was featured in the Summer 1953 issue of Vermont Life.
His work is most widely available here in Vermont, particularly in the Burlington area. Come see a selection of Ballard’s work–from early studio ware to later production pieces–from Tom Jiamachello’s collection of 750 pieces.
Cost: Free!
When: Wed Feb 8th 6:30pm
Registration: To sign up for this class, please email mary[at]vintageinspired[dot]net for more info.

Frozen Charlottes

One unique item that you can always find at Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace is Frozen Charlottes.

Origin : Germany Limbach ca. 1850 – ca. 1920

Dug up from the destroyed doll factories.

The Frozen Charlottes are made of bisque in one piece & are a naked figure.  They range in size & the smallest are sometimes sed asa charms in Christmas puddings. The male version is called Frozen Charlie.

They are named after a poem written by Seba Smith in 1840 named “Young Charlotte”.  He was inspired to write it after reading in the N.Y. Observer on Feb 8th, 184o….”A young woman was frozen to death while riding to a ball on Jan. 1st, 1840″.

Available for sale from $6.50 for small to $8.50 for large.

From Hot Pads to Rag Rugs: Crochet Basics

Vintage Inspired is pleased to announce the first in our soon to be regular series of fun and informative classes offered on a variety of subjects! From Hot Pads to Rag Rugs: Crochet Basics

This fun, and easy, class is a lesson on using old materials to make anything from a hot pad to a rag rug. We will learn the basics of crochet, while creating fun and functional items! We will provide materials, all you need is a large crochet hook (we will have some for sale for those in need) and an imagination to create.
Cost: $20.00 for 2 Classes (2 hrs. each). 1st Class info lesson and questions; 2nd Class crochet circle and questions!
When: Wed Jan 18th 6:30pm; Wed Jan 25th 6:30pm
Registration: Registration for this class ends Tuesday, January 17. To sign up for this class, please email mary[at]vintageinspired[dot]net for more info.

We Art Women

“Vintage Inspired; We Art Women,”
January 4-31, 2012

“Vintage Inspired; We Art Women,” at Vintage Inspired January 4-31, 2012, showcases the collected talent of several Vermont women artists. (For additional info, please click here) Our focus for this exhibition is emphasis on vintage and reused materials for our artworks. We also have several pieces reflecting our own feelings regarding our pasts, recycling today, and the role of “reuse” and “vintage” in the not so distant future. The exhibition includes paintings and mixed-media works by Lauren Brownell, Ida Ludlow, Marni McKitrick, Polly Raine, and Katherine Taylor McBroom. Vintage Inspired is a designated First Friday Artwalk Space and the opening reception will take place on January 6, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. For more information on We Art Women, please click here

We’re Open!

Vintage Inspired is proud to announce the opening of our brand new marketplace at 180 Flynn Ave. Featuring numerous local vendors and artists, there’s tons of great treasures waiting for you to discover! Enjoy the pictures below, and be sure to stop by for our Grand Opening on Friday, December 2nd – including First Friday Art Walk activities from 5pm-8pm.

Shop ‘Green’ for the Holidays!

Looking for good ways to shop ‘green’ for the holidays? Check out this great article from NECN for eco-conscious holiday shopping ideas – including a visit to Vintage Inspired!

“Another way to have a green holiday is by giving gifts that don’t require much manufacturing: something homemade, maybe, or something made a long time ago. So try checking out a vintage shop or antique store.

Businesswoman Mary Heinrich Aloi just opened her Vintage Inspired Marketplace in Burlington giving a second or third life to objects that are fashionable but were just sitting in someone’s attic or barn until she salvaged them.

“It’s something that you picked out that’s unique, that’s one of a kind without question,” she beamed. “And it’s ‘green!’” Click here to read more…

Antique Marketplace Opening Friday, November 18th!

Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace on Flynn Avenue in Burlington is pleased to announce the grand opening of their new antique marketplace on Friday, November 18th. Vintage Inspired, a vibrant new marketplace for antique dealers, artists and craftspeople, is located at 180 Flynn Avenue, and will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm (closed Mondays).
To kick off the market grand opening, an art exhibition featuring the work of Vermont artists Lorraine Reynolds and Lisa Lillibridge will open at Vintage Inspired for First Friday Art Walk, Friday December 2nd, with a reception from 5-8pm. The work will be on view during regular business hours through December 31st.
Artist Lorraine Reynolds’ mixed media assemblages are a collection of “glimmering prizes.” Assembled in old boxes, frames and books, found objects find unity and a common voice in her hands. Her assemblages not only speak to the sadness of lost and forgotten things but through Lorraine’s creative touch find life again. Lorraine’s gift is in sifting through these disparate objects, finding the compatible bits and pieces of others’ lives and weaving their faint and ancient energies together until they sing in one voice. Her assemblages not only speak to the sadness of these lost and forgotten things, but they remind us that their owners have been lost and forgotten as well. Over the past several years, Lorraine Reynolds has displayed her work in various group shows throughout the state of Vermont. She recently had her first solo show in the fall of 2011. Lorraine is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and technical designer for Burton Snowboards. For more information, visit Lorraine’s website at
Lisa Lillibridge moved to Burlington, Vermont, from South Dakota on New Year’s Day 1990 and started making art. Recently, Liliibridge has been working in wood; carving, painting, pounding found objects and experimenting with various subject matters and finishes. Lisa has created benefit art shows with her son, Ellis Govoni, and participated as an artist-in-residence at The Basin Harbor Club. In her artist statement, Lillibridge states, “I am inspired to live in a community where so many artists donate their art, time and energy to make Burlington such a unique place.” Visit the artist’s website:
Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace on Flynn Avenue in Burlington is a funky, accessible and beautifully lit space. It is a delight for shoppers wanting to combine a love of antiques, curious goods and art. Owner, Mary Heinrich Aloi, has a truly inspired eye and her shop is a haven for hunters, pickers and art lovers. The focus of the shop is creating a reconnection to the past. For directions to the Marketplace, please click here…

Autographs of youth

Recently I purchased a few antique autograph books for resale.  They will be at Craftsbury this weekend.  One of them was completely fallen apart so I will try to preserve what I can by framing some of the wonderful written quotes people wrote to their friends in the late 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s.  Things like…

“When you are old and cannot see

Put on our specks and think of me”

Jan 3 1910

I will note more of these in days to come…

Happy 4th America!!!

The few and the brave…

My photo of a clock part was featured in a blog regarding marketing. It talks about fighting back during the slumps. Personally I believe the antique world is for the few and the brave. Most people just don’t enjoy “old” things. They feel to give something old/used doesn’t seem right. They don’t see the warmth of age nor do they feel it. It’s there, you just have to open yourself up to it. I must admit, it makes me feel at home and warm all over. Give it a try, you might find the key that opens yet another door.