Vintage items and antiques fill Vintiquities
One-weekend per month business to open in Genesee Depot

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Dec. 5, 2014

Dani Sutliff and Amy Lauer in their new store, Vintiquities.
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GENESEE DEPOT - When Amy Lauer and Dani Sutliff created a new business it was all about recycling - from barn sale finds to an old building in Genesee Depot. This Saturday Vintiquities will open for a holiday-themed event, the first of many special days to come.

Sutliff said she and Lauer have had a love of antiques and vintage items for many years. It came to the point where homes, garages and storage units were full of their finds. They knew they needed to stop storing and start selling.

“What we need is like a barn and a place where we could put all of the stuff and have people come and shop,” Sutliff said. Plus, then their husbands wouldn’t have a reason to be upset with all of their shopping, she joked.

Both women previously owned shops in downtown Waukesha. Lauer owned Restyle Studio before selling it about a year ago and Sutliff owned and then closed Three Sisters’ Uniquities. Neither woman was interested in running a store that they would need to staff at least five days per week.

Lauer said when a business owner gets bogged down with the day-to-day operations, it takes away from the creative end of the business.


A decorated tree in Vintiquities. The store will feature different themes each month. December will have many Christmas items.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

“We were driving through Genesee Depot, and here was the barn,” Sutliff said of the Old Mill Building. “To us, it’s kind of like our barn.”

Vintiquities will be open the second full weekend of each month from Thursday through Sunday and will have a theme. The first weekend will be this one and the shop has a Christmas theme.

Inside, shoppers will find a blend of retro and old items that Lauer and Sutliff have found, including some that have been repurposed and others in their original condition.

In addition, area artisans have brought merchandise to sell, including a woman who repurposes wool and another who makes unique jewelry.

“We try to support other women in the area who are starting up their own businesses,” Sutliff said.

With the store being open only four days per month, Lauer and Sutliff have time to go treasure hunting.

“We have plenty of time to go out and shop the countryside to shop for unique items to bring in,” Sutliff said.

To get the word out about Vintiquities, Sutliff said they are using the contacts they developed with their previous businesses, by word of mouth and on Facebook.

“We are already having fun with it and we haven’t already opened yet,” she said with a chuckle Thursday.

Lauer said she specializes in blending old and new styles.

“I am really into finding cool, older, funkier items and working them into a contemporary, every day style,” she said.

By displaying the items, Lauer said, she can give others an idea of how to mix unusual pieces.

“I think it is kind of a one of a kind shopping experience. Every time they come it will be a lot of different items,” Lauer said of Vintiquities. “If you are looking for that unique, cool gift this is the place.”

At a glance

What: Vintiquities

Where: S42-W31254 Highway 83, Genesee Depot

When: Open the second full weekend of each month and for other special events: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. A grand opening celebration and holiday open house will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.