Adjectives Unhinged will feature unfinished and raw products. Customers will be able to buy as is or commission vendors to re-purpose pieces.
Several months ago, we launched Seminole County Post with an article detailing why Adjectives Market is one of the best antique/vintage shopping in Central Florida and quite possibly one of the best in the nation. Jeremy Thompson, owner of Adjectives tells us about his background, the mission behind Adjectives and their new storefront opening April 13th.
First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a lifelong computer geek and a lawyer by trade. I met my partner, Greg, when I was in law school, and he introduced me to vintage and antiques. He’s always used exclusively vintage stuff to furnish his living spaces and I fell in love with the warm, soulful feeling that old things can bring to a space. I surround myself with old things now.
What is Adjectives Market for those who are unfamiliar?
Adjectives Market is a community of pickers, artists, and craftspeople who take vintage and antique merchandise and give it new life – whether by rescuing it from death in a landfill, or in someone’s attic, or by refashioning it into something new and useful. The community is about 100 strong and we sell at our store on 436 in Altamonte Springs, which is located in the old Skip’s Boots building.
How do you select vendors....do they come to you or is there a selection process?
Most of our members come to us, and there is a selection process. We really try to find members who understand what the community is all about, and who have a different angle on things. What we love most about the store and the community is that everyone has a different viewpoint.
What is the weirdest item you have ever seen come through Adjectives?
Wow, that’s really a tough one, because we’ve had some really strange things show up. A lot of them come from one particular member, Rocky, who really seeks out the bizarre. He’s had some things that we just…well, we never figured out exactly what they were. Aside from his things, I’d have to say that the mounted insects done by one of our members are probably the freakiest. I can’t believe there are bugs that big anywhere in the world. I thought Florida was bad, but it’s really not.
What is your favorite part about owning Adjectives?
My favorite part, hands down, is seeing the effect that Adjectives has on the lives of its members. When I started the business it was all about the merchandise, and figuring out how to sell things. Now it’s become about the people, and figuring out how to continue developing this platform that they can use to succeed. It’s also really fun to see how customers react, and to see how the store and our members have become part of their lives. So many new relationships have been formed! It’s exciting to see.
We hear that two more Adjectives storefronts are in the works, with one on the cusp of opening tomorrow and another soon to follow, GIVE US DETAILS.
Well, our new location, Adjectives Unhinged, is opening on Monday! Unhinged is an extension of the platform, designed to give our members more ways to interact with the public. It’s a workshop where people can do the work that we do (fixing, refinishing, and re-purposing), but it’s also a store where other people who are into these things can buy the raw materials. At Adjectives Market, we sell beautifully finished things. At Unhinged, you’ll be able to buy the same pieces in a raw state before we’ve done any work to them, in case you want to do it yourself. And we have training rooms where we can teach you how to do it.
First look at one of the vendor booths at Adjectives Unhinged.
We want to bring the joy of what we do to everyone – it’s so much fun, we can’t really keep it to ourselves. That’s what Unhinged is all about. In addition to Unhinged, we are also planning on expanding to another location in the Orlando area later this year. You’ll be the first to know when we’re ready to share more details on that.
Adjectives Unhinged is located across the street from Adjectives Market at 1200 East Altamonte Drive, Suite 1050.
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