Glassware, furniture and art: Tarentum’s new Vintage Owl has a bit of everything

With every inch of its narrow aisles filled with milk glass, Victorian dolls and embroidered doilies, a new store along West Seventh Avenue in Tarentum is a picker’s dream.

The frog-shaped cookie jar and Hummel figurines, like most items at The Vintage Owl, come with a story of yesteryear, owner Deanne Bechtel said.

“I’ve always had a love for vintage, from furniture to glassware to pictures,” said Bechtel, of New Castle. “My living room is completely 1970s. It’s like stepping back in time.”

Her passion for buying trinkets, old cookie tins and rolling pins – among many other collectibles – came to a head when she ran out of space to store treasures at home.

“I have an Etsy shop and my husband sells on eBay. But we had a lot of stuff in our house,” Bechtel said. “A brick-and-mortar store seemed like the next reasonable step.”

Working a full-time business at US Steel didn’t leave many hours to tend to a shop, but Bechtel’s mother, Tarentum resident Rita Jackson, was ready.

The space at the corner of West Seventh Avenue and Center Street, which once housed similar Secondhand treasures, has been put up for rent.

“We went there,” Bechtel said.

The Vintage Owl, named for Bechtel’s admiration for the wisdom and strength of the bird, opened March 1.

Councilor Carrie Fox visited the store last week and said it was a good choice for the shopping aisle.

“I love it!” said Fox. “It’s so nice to see that on West Seventh. I think they have a promising future.

Guests gave the new owner a welcoming reception, said Jackson, Bechtel’s mother.

Word of mouth has drawn many curious shoppers to browse century-old parlor lamps, porcelain Easter eggs and pottery pie plates.

The price of the items is moving, Jackson said.

A refinished end table is $15. A genuine mink and beaver coat is tagged at $300.

“We want people to be able to come and buy something cool,” Jackson said. “Not everyone has a lot of money to spend.”

A self-proclaimed harvester, Jackson promised there was something for everyone at her daughter’s store.

Bechtel, despite a fondness for nearly every room, has a particular affinity for the green uranium glassware stored in one of the display cases.

“It’s my favorite,” she said. “You put a flashlight on it and it shines.”

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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