A Vintage Synchronicity

There’s a sweet little vintage shop, aptly named Vintage Potential, in our town. Jessica, the owner, is a savvy young lady, local to the area, who is quite the entrepreneur.

Vintage Potential has a huge following of local (and not-so-local) folks, who willingly stand in long lines waiting for her special events, such as her Christmas Open House, etc.

Sadly, the pandemic meant that Vintage Potential’s storefront was closed for over a year, and has just recently opened for two days each week. But, Jessica has a fantastic online site and is vigilant about her Facebook postings. Because of that, she kept her dream alive through that difficult time. She calls her customers her “vintageers”.

Last week, she posted this video on Facebook, and there’s a reason that I’ve chosen to share it (with her permission) on today’s blog post:

Now, for some background that my friends and family know, but many of my blog followers may not:  Marshall’s dad came to our town as a young man to be the manager of our newly opened Ben Franklin five-and-dime in the early 1960’s. Several years later, he and I began dating, then married and bought the franchise just a few months before Marshall was born.  In recent years, the store has closed, and Marshall and his dad now own and operate a flag/gift shop, Smithfield Flags,  in our downtown area.  (And it’s just a few doors from Vintage Potential.)

So, with that in mind, my comment to Jessica’s Facebook post about her Christmas ‘find” (in the above video) was: “That looks so familiar! Wonder if we sold those at Ben Franklin?!!!”

She  replied: ” I totally thought of Ben Franklin too!”

Then a short time later, she tagged me in this photo with the caption: “LOOK WHAT I JUST FOUND!❤️An original price tag from Ben Franklin! ON SALE for $5.95. Insanity!”

Obviously, this vintage Christmas item is now worth much more than the $5.95 it sold for at, most likely, an after Christmas markdown sale.

I just love how this all unfolded.

Jessica hinted in her Facebook comments that these carolers may be featured in her storefront window display during the upcoming Christmas season. If so, I’m guessing it may be their second time in a Main Street business holiday window….with about 50+ years in between.

(Thanks, Jessica, for sending me the video and allowing me to share this!)

~These Days Of Mine~




6 responses to “A Vintage Synchronicity

  1. isn’t is amazing how many paths weave together over time? i love this example

  2. Cute story………I remember those carolers – not from Ben Franklin or another shop but because those “models” were SOOO popular everywhere as candles, figurines, and outside decorations as well….the classic “scene” and that brings back wonderful memories doesn’t it?! Loved seeing the care she took unwrapping her treasures. Seeing the “sales price” sure makes you think doesn’t it. LOL


  3. That’s so neat but for some reason, the video isn’t showing at all on your post for me. ???

  4. Very cool seeing a vintage Ben Franklin tag ….
    And I remember those carolers -& I’m fairly sure the animatronic carolers featured in the Christmas scenes at Coleman’s Nursery were of the same design …. Christmas in July on TheseDays !!

  5. Oh how COOL!!! What a neat connection for the two of you. I can’t wait to walk down Main Street and seem them displayed in her window. And yes, Marhsall, I thought of Coleman’s Nursery too. That was an annual treat, wasn’t it?

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    At the time Ben Franklin was one of my favorite stores. You could find everything plus more there. My Aunt Louise worked there for a while. I love how this story connects with my favorite store in Smithfield now, Vintage Potential. Jessica has such a great passion for vintage items. I love how this circle came together.

Waiting for your comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.