VALRICO — Aliesha Bingham is a true American picker, looking out for the best interests of women who own, or aspire to have, a “she shed.” The proof is sitting in her newly-opened store, Gather & Seek Vintique. She calls it a compilation of boutique and vintage items, including painted furniture, antiques and shabby chic one-off offerings ranging from an all-metal 1950s stroller to a library cabinet — think Dewey Decimal System card catalog.
After peddling wares from her Dover home as well as a location in Lakeland for the past five years, she opened her first business at 2605 State Road 60 in Valrico last December.
“I’ve always wanted to own a shop, and it was the right time,” said Bingham, 53, a Brandon High School graduate. “I love to go picking. I guess I have a good eye for good junk. Every woman dreams of a she shed.”
She finds her “junk” from a multitude of places, including the side of the road, Higgenbotham Auctioneers in Lakeland, garage and estate sales and the world’s longest yard sale that stretches 690 miles from Gadsden, Ala. to Addison, Mich. She has hand-painted more than 30 items in the store, including furniture and mirrors, using a dry brush or sanded technique to obtain the shabby appearance.
As much painting as she does, Bingham actually prefers old school items in their natural state, whether it’s a French provincial dresser or a 50-year-old couch with a few bumps and bruises.“I am true to antiques,” she said. “I love stuff not painted and I like primitive.”
While she is drawn to old farm equipment like saws and metal wheels, she understands that farm house items are popular now and plans to bring in more clothing and hats. Bingham also wants to invite a few vendors to sell their creations especially anyone into wood working.
The only “new” items you will find at Gather & Seek Vintique are boutique bags, jewelry, candles and similar merchandise. The rest of the store is filled with “treasures” as Bingham calls them.Bingham doesn’t consider her price points “high end” and offers a 20 percent off coupon in the store. For example, trinkets can cost $22 while a dresser would be $225.
Call (813) 478-4273 or visit https://www.facebook.com/gsvintique/ if you are looking for something unique or to inquire about their wedding and event planning services that include furniture rental and set up.
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