I LOVE THIS BOUTIQUE in downtown Neenah, Wisconsin.
Not just because a section of vintage 1950s clothing is tucked into a space labeled Audrey’s Closet.
And not simply because of the Love Story album cover framed and posted on a stairway wall. Love Story, released in 1970, rates as one of my favorite movies. I was 14 then, falling for Ryan O’Neal and this heart-tugging love story co-starring Ali MacGraw. I tacked a poster of the couple onto the lime green walls of my basement bedroom with the candy striped carpet.
I digress. Sort of.
Vintique, LLC, elicits this type of response—this embracing of the past—with the merchandise offered here. If you appreciate vintage, antique, boutique and unique, then this is your kind of shop. Vintique.
If not for my daughter Miranda, who lives in neighboring Appleton, I likely never would have discovered this shop in the heart of a cozy downtown that features a mix of historic and modern buildings. How well she knows me and my appreciation of vintage.
Now if only I was a few decades younger and dress sizes smaller, I’d feel comfortable in the actual and replica retro and vintage clothing sold at Vintique. But I’m well past the age of trying to look young and hip. Some older women can carry that off; I’m not one of them.
That didn’t stop me, though, from gushing over the vintage and retro clothing and accessories. Had you listened in, you would have overheard me saying, “If I was looking for a prom dress…if I was getting married…if I was going to a summer wedding…if I was younger…”
Not that age should stop anyone from shopping Vintique. Had I really searched, I’m certain I would have found something that fit me and suited my style and age.
Vintique rates as one cool (yes, I am a child of the 70s) place with other funky finds like vintage jewelry,
shoes and purses;
Little People key chains; pillows; art; and more.
Vintique, at 131 West Wisconsin Avenue.
That’s in Neenah, south of Appleton, southwest of Green Bay.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling