Meet Coreen Arnold, Vintage Place Settings
We rent and sell vintage tableware, including china, glassware, flatware, and linens.
What do you love about your business and industry?
We love the eco-friendly nature of what we do.
Tell us what inspires you.
Heirlooms which no longer have a home in families but still have a useful life as beautiful mixed and matched vintage table settings.
What advice do you have for other creatives and entrepreneurs?
Elevate your customer service to the highest standards and treat others as you would like to be treated.
What is something surprising about you?
We are two women who are pursuing our passion after retiring from careers in bank regulatory law.
Tell us about your process for making and creating.
We base our mixed and matched settings on what our eyes tell us looks great together. For example, we are not particular about manufacturers or styles, but put together all types of china into groupings where each piece compliments the others but they do not necessary match.
Name three local makers and brands that you are inspired by and why.
1. Rhine Hall Distillery for hand crafted cocktails from their own hand-crafted brandies. We especially love them when served in vintage glassware.
2. Salvage One, an event space and retail seller of recycled furniture and architectural artifacts. We love how our vintage tableware looks on their eclectic collection of tables.
3. Sugar Fixe Pastisserie, one of our favorite wedding cake and dessert vendors located in Oak Park and former Lincoln Park, but soon-to-be new location in West Town. We love to partner with them for sweet tables.
What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped your business?
Great customer service can never be the wrong approach. In the end, it will distinguish you and help you make decisions that set you apart.
What items do you sell that would be of interest to savvy Chicago area shoppers that they cannot find anywhere else?
We have many beautiful vintage table settings that we specifically mix and match for sale to those who would like to have their own unique table settings in their own homes. For those with limited space and budgets, we have many unusual barware items that make great hostess, shower, wedding, or house warming gifts.
What surprising things can you say about your inventory?
Most people don't know that using beautiful fine china and flatware is actually good for them. We recommend that all of our items be used often so that they are washed frequently. Both china and flatware last longer and retain their beauty when used more frequently.
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