Meet the other half of the pair who should have their own version of Fixer Upper all about vintage shopping & decorating. Her name’s Lindsey, and she’s the co-founder of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. If that sounds familiar it’s either because you have shopped the market in one of many U.S. cities, are an avid Instagram fan of theirs, or saw her business partner Coley’s home on IBT last month! Well today, we’re thrilled to step inside Lindsey’s vintage farmhouse that she decorated with so many cool treasures and shares with her beautiful family. Without further ado, scroll down and join us on the tour!
We got to chat with your business partner, Coley, a little while back! How did you two meet and decide to start a business together?
Coley Arnold and I first met at a church fellowship group for young, married couples and became instant friends. Bonding over the new journey of motherhood was the first commonality as Coley had recently given birth to her first child, Baylor, and I was pregnant with my first. Shortly after meeting, we realized that we had more in common as we discovered our shared love of vintage treasures.
While adventuring through the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada, we began discussing our frustration over a lack of community and places to shop for vintage items in the greater Phoenix area. We joked about starting our own event so we could shop ourselves. Our husbands didn’t laugh. They immediately saw a good business idea and encouraged us to pursue it. The first market was held in a friend’s backyard and we welcomed 23 vendors along with our own items that we had been saving for the event. The backyard market was a success with over 600 people showing up. There were cars parked along streets for several blocks in the neighborhood! And at that moment our husbands joked that we started a business!
Do you have any tips for sharing the workload when working with a business partner?
After several years in business, I have learned that there is not a perfect method to sharing the workload. Acknowledging that my business partner has different areas of strength compared to me was the first step to balance and we now split responsibilities based on our strengths and weaknesses which helps keep the workload feeling equitable.
On to your beautiful home! Did you have help when decorating your home or do your love for interiors and vintage pieces go hand in hand?
I have slowly added pieces to my home over the last few years and with the exception of a few consultations with my husband on budget, I have really enjoyed designing and decorating my home. It has been a process, but I have found that it is worth searching and waiting for a piece that you love. You will love your home so much more and enjoy spending time with friends and family there so much more.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I am not sure if it is an official aesthetic but I would consider myself to be a farmhouse minimalist.
What vintage finds made their way into your home? Do you have a favorite piece?
My house is full of vintage pieces that I have sourced over the years. Several of the pieces are from vendors at our markets and others were picked from Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas. Our dining table is an old workbench top from an East coast factory, while we have a vintage leather couch and chairs in our living room. My husband made our coffee table from an old bowling alley lane. We also have some old wood lockers in our entry way that were from a farm in the Midwest, that are perfect for storing and hiding all the kids shoes and backpacks. My favorite piece is our T.V. credenza which is an antique hardware store cabinet with 146 drawers.
Where is your favorite spot in the house and why?
I love to sit on our couch and look out the front window watching our kids play in the front yard. It’s where I start and end each and every day!
How do you rest and recharge?
I enjoy a hot bath and a good workout at Barre3.
What’s your best advice for entrepreneurs looking to start something of their own?
Do it! I’ve learned that if you wait for the perfect time you will still be waiting and likely miss out the opportunity.
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