As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and business partners Pauline Blasena and Sandy Wilgus are bringing the adage to life. Earlier this month, Wilgus teamed up with Blasena’s Millville shop of antiques and collectibles, Lavender and Lace, bringing her country- and beach-themed artwork, as well as pieces from other area painters. Together, the two have been transforming yesterday’s hand-me-downs into masterpieces.
For nearly eight years, Wilgus has familiarized herself with the antiques business and during that time she began creating her widely popular window-art paintings, part of her own business, Wild Goose Style. From beach scenes to floral designs, adorning vintage and weathered windows, doors and shutters, Wilgus has a knack for producing art with a comfortable, cozy feel.
“I don’t consider myself an artist,” said Wilgus, “but I enjoy what I do.”
“She’s very talented,” noted Blasena, “but also modest. We sell [her pieces] as fast as they come in.”
Wilgus’ style offers a complement to the collectibles and antique gifts that are offered at Lavender and Lace. She has also brought in familiar, local names, such as Caroline Marcello, Laurie Ingram and Ralph Semsker.
The duo offers a variety of other new features in the store, including custom furniture built from old doors, cupboards and antique and architectural finds. They have even fulfilled special orders.
“We’re quickly becoming the locals’ favorite stop,” said Blasena. But locals aren’t the only ones picking up on one of the best-kept secrets in Millville. Baltimore magazine recognized the shop in their “Best of the Eastern Shore” issue, and they were also mentioned in Delaware Today magazine.
Blasana has wasted no time since opening the shop, reaching out and offering services to customers and the community. Lavender and Lace was recently praised for their benefit that helped fund Operation Uplink, a program designed to help military personnel keep in touch with their loved ones, through donated phone cards.
They have also held a fashion show and a flea market and, by October, are planning another appraisal night, following on success earlier this year when they held “Let’s Find Out Together,” in March. The evening brought together collectors, enthusiasts and others who were just curious, to have their treasures priced by appraiser Ephram Phillips, who will likely be returning in October.
“It was a huge success,” Blasena said of the event back in March. “Many people have come up to me and asked when the next one will be held. It really helps people a lot, and it’s also a great social event.”
From home decorations to light fixtures and clothing and everything in between, Lavender and Lace and Wild Goose Style has it all, but the duo want to be sure they appeal to everyone.
“We have things that even the men can enjoy,” said Wilgus, “like the furniture and tools. Husbands are welcome to stop by, too.”
“It’s a lot of fun working with what we do,” said Blasena. “Nobody can be an expert in antiques, and that’s the beauty of it. There’s always something new in the store, and everything is a conversation piece.”
For more information about Lavender & Lace and Wild Goose Style, stop into their location at 34902 Atlantic Avenue or call (302) 539-5933.