Northfield resident holding ‘Vintage Shopping Days’ tag sale

  • Northfield resident Amy Neil with her children Ruby, 5, and Gordie, 3, at their 1890s Queen Anne Victorian house on Winchester Road. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • Northfield resident Amy Neil has an appreciation for all things vintage, including her 1890s Queen Anne Victorian house on Winchester Road. With the inaugural “Northfield Vintage Shopping Days” tag sale Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, Neil plans to engage with community members who share that interest. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • Northfield resident Amy Neil has an appreciation for all things vintage, including her 1890s Queen Anne Victorian house on Winchester Road. With the inaugural “Northfield Vintage Shopping Days” tag sale Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, Neil plans to engage with community members who share that interest. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • Northfield resident Amy Neil and her children Ruby, 5, and Gordie, 3, in the yard next to her garden where vendors will set up for the inaugural “Northfield Vintage Shopping Days” on June 12 and 13. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

Staff Writer
Published: 6/7/2021 2:40:23 PM

NORTHFIELD — Amy Neil has an appreciation for all things vintage, including her 1890s Queen Anne Victorian house at 225 Winchester Road. With the inaugural “Northfield Vintage Shopping Days” tag sale event that she’s organizing, Neil plans to engage with community members who share that interest.

The outdoor shopping event will be held Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside Neil’s home. Northfield Vintage Shopping Days participating vendors will be set up in the lawn by Neil’s garden at the bottom of her driveway. Vendors include woodworkers, watercolor artists, fashion designers, jewelers “and, of course, purveyors of all things vintage.”

Attendees are asked to follow signs for parking and respect neighbors property, as well as abide by COVID-19 health safety guidelines.

Whether they just come for the atmosphere and experience of the vintage event, or to buy items from the collections of vendors, Neil said she hopes attendees find something to enjoy. Neil herself will showcase reclaimed and refinished furniture, antique housewares and more.

“We also have a great mix of local crafters, creatives and artists,” Neil said.

Among these vendors is a Northfield resident who makes vintage-era dresses and skirts, Neil said. Other artists include Hannon Made founder Josh Hannon, a woodworker from Greenfield, as well as floral arraignments from Adria Lowry Unique Floral Design of Northfield.

“We’ve just had a really hard year under wraps, not really being able to get out, and it’s a beautiful spring,” Neil said. “Let’s get outside, let’s be responsible getting outside, and let’s have some togetherness — as together as we can get safely.”

When residents are done shopping they can take selfies at a set up photo booth, or get lemonade from Neil’s daughter Ruby, 5, and son Gordie, 3, who will be running their first lemonade stand. In addition, Neil said she is encouraging attendees to take a stroll down to her neighbor Tom White’s pottery studio, which will be open as part of the annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail on June 12 and 13.

According to asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com, the free, self-guided tour of nine studios with 20 nationally recognized potters is held throughout the “scenic historic towns of the Asparagus Valley, a local name for the upper Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts.” The event is held to celebrate “the rich agricultural history and cultural vitality of the area, as well as the longstanding connection between pottery and food.”

Neil said she has a business and associated online blog, “Nostalgia,” at nostalgiabyamyneil.com, where she shares her journey with home renovation projects. The goal of her blog is to encourage people to conduct restorative renovation projects on their own colonial homes so they can “create homes that thrive” and “revitalize a history and era gone by.”

She said she drives through Northfield admiring the homes in the neighborhoods, and whenever she walks into one of the old Victorian-era homes, it takes her breath away to see the existing beauty and the possibilities for restoration.

“I just get lost in the architecture, and sometimes I feel like I get taken back in time,” Neil said. “What was this street like 200 years ago? … These old Victorian homes are on every street. They’re such a treasure and preserving them is really important. It’s not as daunting as it seems when you have the skills and the tools to do that.”

Having grown up with family in the hardware industry, Neil said she has put these skills and tools to the test on her own home, a 1890s Queen Anne Victorian house. She tracks her progress on the blog, and offers consultation services for other renovators. She said the beautiful old home is what drew her family to Northfield about three years ago.

The June 12 and 13 event was developed in the same spirit as Nostalgia.

“I thought it would be really fun to do a spin-off and share the antiques I’ve collected, the vintage furniture that I’ve refinished,” Neil said, “and really create an atmosphere for other people to join in and all sell our wares and products.”

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.




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