I live in a lovely old home (or castle as I prefer to call it) built in 1890 with my husband, Joel, and my kitty cat. Our house is nestled snugly in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We relocated to the Mitten State, where I grew up, a year and a half ago to be closer to our families. I had previously split my time between Nashville and Chicago for the past ten years. Joel and I felt it was time though to plant roots closer to home, as we embarked on married life.
Little did I know that GR would be a great place to find vintage pieces, because no one seems to be into them. Score! I’d always found in larger cities that people were drawn to more of an eclectic style, so you had to really search for good finds. Here it is much easier to get your Princess Aurora beauty sleep, and roll out of bed later to cruise the thrift stores or local garage sales.
I have been seriously focused on selling vintage children’s clothes on Etsy since last March. I’ve always adored children, so clothes fit for little ones, seamlessly fell into my list of loves too.
I studied music business in Tennessee out of high school and worked in the Christian Music Industry in Nashville. However, I always had a tugging at my heart to devote more time to a dear passion of mine, which is writing picture books. I like to call my style of writing, modern-day fairy tales with a theme of purpose. I eventually changed careers and became a professional nanny. Which ended up going nicely with my writing aspirations.
I recently have taken time off as I am expecting (literally in a week and a half) a baby girl of my own. My husband and I are beyond ecstatic and I’m happy to say she already has an amazing vintage stocked closet. Hopefully she doesn’t rebel, as is the joke in my family, and want only GAP sundresses and Old Navy hoodies. We shall see.
Overall I hope my shop, Peppermint and Cocoa, conveys a feel of wonder and whimsy. Reminding us there is a little bit of fairytale in every stitch that goes into children’s clothes from days gone by.
A sampling of the goodies available at Peppermint and Cocoa:
photos (top to bottom): Lori's home, Lori's wedding, honeymoon trip to Disneyland, Lori's baby daughter's bedroom