1. Nature illustration cards – $2, blue crate – $18 2. white bird house – $15 3. White bird – $15 4. Pink lemonade (served at special Chickadelic events) globe – $25 5. White bird – $15, bird-themed sap bucket -$20 6. Vintage wooden crates -$25, decorative burlap bag – $20 7. White birdcage – $20, vintage bluebird salt and pepper shakers – $15/pair, white child-sized chairs – $20, decorative burlap bag – $20, green wooden birdhouse – $10, robin’s egg blue antique chair – $45, cottage chic pillow – $10 8. White birdhouse – $15, white bowl with candle eggs – $15, 9. Fresh new business cards for Chickadelic 10. green wooden birdhouse – $10, Prairie Style book – $20
Inspired by Spring and Chickadelic
All of this sweet Spring inventory is a welcome respite from the drab colours of late winter; there’s something about pink and robin’s egg blue that makes me breathe a sign of relief at this time of year. Pastel colors are definitely a sign of rebirth in the town of Stirling this Spring as these pretty colors signal the opening of Chickadelic’s new retail location.This weekend the streets of Stirling were buzzing with excitement as customers clamored in get a look at the opening of this much anticipated vintage retail store. Chickadelic carries everything from shabby chic furnishings and milk paints to recycled yarn, eco-friendly stationery on top of the offerings of more than a dozen local artists.
Chickadelic should have a familiar ring: you may remember it from our Ruralist feature from earlier this year about Owner Kerry Ramsay’s generous online apron fundraiser which raised nearly $500 for the teen book section of the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library. The more we get to know Kerry the more she inspires us. Highly active on both Twitter and Facebook, Kerry is successfully building her Chickadelic brand by carving out a local following among vintage design fans. We got a hold of Kerry to ask her more about Chickadelic and her passion for vintage and here’s what she told us:
Meet Kerry Ramsay- Owner of Chickadelic Salvage and Design
Q. We’re very impressed with Chickadelic’s online presence. Can you tell us more about your business?
Chickadelic Salvage & Design is a vintage-inspired lifestyle shop and creative gathering space located at 34 Mill Street in the beautiful Village of Stirling (just 20 minutes north of Belleville). Besides offering a wide range of vintage wares, linens and furnishings as well as Canadian-made gardening gloves, upcycled aprons, locally made handmade soaps, vintage solar lights for the garden, delicious teas and much more.
The products we carry in our shop must meet at least four of the standards on our Six-Point Product “Chicklist:” 1. Does it inspire creativity? 2. Does it embrace the environment? 3. Does it empower women? 4. Is it locally or Canadian made? 5. Does it celebrate loveliness? 6. Does it bring people together? Our mission is to inspire women everywhere to follow their bliss.
Q. What do enjoy most about Chickadelic?
What I enjoy most about this business is interacting with our customers, both in person and through our various social media properties (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Foursquare and our blog). It’s such a rewarding experience to get to know these amazing people! I have met so many kindred spirits through this business already, and we’re just getting started.
Q. What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the simple things in life: good music, a well-brewed cup of tea, a tasty treat, a great book, a cozy armchair, a furry companion, a child’s hug, a loved one’s kiss, and always — yes always– a dream and a wish floating somewhere in the back of my mind.
Q. How did your business get started?
Chickadelic Salvage & Design was an online business initially, but we quickly realized that we craved interaction with our customers. Soon after, we extended the Chickadelic brand to include a bricks-and-mortar retail space where we can bring people together, and hopefully inspire them to pursue their own creative passions.
Q. Can you tell us about any new or exciting things you have coming up?
Thanks to the spacious gathering place located at the back of our retail shop, we have the capacity to hold regular creative workshops on a wide range of subjects. Our spring events include free milk paint demos and milk paint parties, an “Always Audrey” celebration on May 4th (Audrey Hepburn’s birthdate), a “Dreaming of Gatsby” garden-inspired event on May 25th, as well a number of creative workshops ranging from photography to floral arranging. You can check out our website under “Upcoming Hen Parties” for more information.
Q. What are few things you wish people knew about Chickadelic?
We get a lot of questions about how we define the terms “antique,” “vintage” and “retro.” At Chickadelic Salvage & Design, we consider anything pre-1960 to be “vintage.” Anything dated pre-1913 (i.e. more than 100 years old by 2013 standards) would be considered “antique.” “Retro” on the other hand, refers to items created post-1960. For merchandise to be considered “retro”, we feel it should be at least 20 to 25 years old (i.e. early 80s at the very latest). Of course, we know the words “vintage”, “retro” and “antique” hold different meaning for different people — but we like to clarify what we mean when we’re speaking in Chickadelic terms.
Q. What are some unique aspects of your business?
We are known for our unique “chick thrift” approach, which is the joyful mingling of vintage and modern elements to create endless style and design possibilities. We like to say our shop can be enjoyed by urban cowgirls, prairie princesses and downtown divas alike!
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself, Kerry. How did you come to be the owner of Chickadelic?
I’m a prairie girl at heart, born in Manitoba, where I grew up spending summers on my grandparents’ dairy farm. Winters were spent attending school in Ottawa where my father’s government job eventually led us. After earning a Master’s degree in communications, I lived and travelled throughout Europe before settling down north of Belleville with my husband and two children. Together, we share a number of hobbies such as travelling, reading, hiking, going to the theatre, playing board games (Clue is the current family favourite!), helping out at our local church, and of course – thrifting!
Q – What other local businesses do you recommend for when we visit Stirling?
Stirling is a wonderful place to spend the day, thanks to the many thriving shops and businesses located in the town’s vibrant downtown area. We encourage daytripping customers to make it a “Girl’s Day Out” and spend a few hours downtown before heading home. We truly believe Stirling is one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets!
When visiting Stirling, be sure not to miss out on the following businesses: Allure Day Spa, Bella Ever After, Blooms, Cakes by Erin, Fine Line Design, Greenhawk Stirling, Hearts to God Books & Gifts, Jenny’s Country Lane, Julia’s Women’s Wear, Lullidaza, Mill Creek Spa, Rustic Routes/Hi Country, Stirling Festival Theatre, Stirling Flooring, Stirling Heritage Wines, The Old Carriage House B&B, Vintage Junction and West Wings – just to name a few!