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Vintage Shop Hop

C.J. and Dan Zonderman are proprietors of True North – Interior Design & Antiques in Charlevoix, Michigan, a wonderful shop filled with vintage and vintage-inspired treasures. I was thrilled to hand-deliver my Vintage Notions book to the shop last week.

View of Torch Lake

I met C.J. many years back at the Petoskey Antique Show. If you missed my post about that show, see it here. True North offers wonderful vintage textiles, as well as a curated collection of decorator fabrics with timeless style. Here are some photos from the shop and textiles. This log cabin quilt was absolutely gorgeous!

True North

To see the images larger, click on them below.

Another shop Up North that is carrying my book is Mindy Draper’s Grace of Alden. Alden is a darling town on the shores of beautiful Torch Lake. This store recently opened in one of Alden’s buildings which dates back to the 1880’s. My Modern Notions essay in the July chapter of Vintage Notions mentions Higgins General Store, another early building on the street. It has been a tradition in our family to get ice cream at Higgin’s at least once a summer. YUM!

July Vintage Notions Chapter
This is an image in the book Torch Lake: The History of WAS-WAH-GO-NING by Mary Kay & Edward McDuffie.

“After all, ice cream is serious business”

Higgin’s is an “Alden original” with a building that was built in the 1800’s. It was a tradition with my family to get ice cream at Higgin’s at least once a summer. Unfortunately the store closed last year after over a hundred years in business. There is hope! Word on the street is the new owner wants to resurrect this wonderful piece of Alden’s past. I have my fingers crossed as I miss their giant ice cream cones that I mention in Vintage Notions.

Another store with vintage treasures in Alden is The Pear Tree Gallery & Boutique. Jan Schilling’s shop is one of the featured stores on this Shop Hop flyer for the area.

I also love a visit to The Flying Pig, another great shop for treasure hunting, in Bellaire and also plan to stop for a beer at the popular, Short’s Brewery, in this neighboring town. The other shops listed are on my “to-do” list! Stay tuned for my updates both here on my blog, and over on my Facebook Vintage Made Modern Group! Also, Instagram is another spot to follow along!

For more inspiration, see the vintage textiles that I feature in the July Chapter of Vintage Notions in Episode 8 of my Vintage Made Modern Series on YouTube.

Vintage Notions

Vintage Notions is the culmination of a personal journey that started twenty years ago when I began collecting rare sewing and needle art books, vintage home arts magazines, and cookbooks. I reached a pivotal point in my collecting when I came across the work and wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken. Click the link to learn more.

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  1. Mary Pero

    I am looking for the sewing instructions for pattern IJ960 easy on apron. I have misplaced mine, am willing to purchase the whole pattern.
    Help me if you can.

    We love Petoskey Mi, my husband was raised on Mackinac Island.

    • Amy Barickman

      Hi Mary! Sorry to hear you misplaced the instructions. I no longer own Indygo Junction. Check out for the pattern. I love Petoskey too! And Mackinac!!- my daughter is working there this summer.

  2. Thereislightonthehorizon

    I’m heading to Michigan, the Lake Michigan/Traverse City side, next month for three weeks (where it is waaaay cooler than Phoenix , AZ!) and I’ll make it a point to stop in some of these towns. It looks like everyone is just off of US31. Perfect!

    • Amy Barickman

      Wonderful Margret! Traverse City is wonderful and so many fun towns to visit close by. I hope you are in town for the Suttons Bay Art Fair! Safe travels!

  3. Dawn Duperault

    I love second hand shops! So many treasures. Something I’ve wondered for a long time: How do you tell if vintage pearl buttons are real and not plastic? I see jars of buttons for sale from time to time and I just don’ know what I’m buying.

    • Amy Barickman

      Hi Dawn, I think I shared the way to know in one of my YouTube videos or Facebook Live events awhile back.You may want to subscribe to my channel to keep up-to-date. I just bought 3 bags of buttons at the Torch Area ArtisansGuild Quilt Show in Alden. I am dividing the real pearl from the plastic. The real pearl are usually cooler to touch, and when you tap them on your teeth you can tell the difference. I am going to research this more and fill share the info in a future blog post. Thanks for your question!


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