Kim Scarlata, the visionary behind the event, turned to the owners of The Owl Box antiques shop — mother and daughter Gail and Rachel Gabbert — to showcase a wide range of antiques.
“Gail and Rachel are experts, and they know who has great, fabulous, unique vintage items,” Scarlata said. “We didn’t just do an open call. They handpicked all these vendors.”
Scarlata, also the owner of Scarlata Farms on South Lehman Road, made sure to enlist neighbor Herve Chevaillier — the owner of La Bonne Vie Cellars, 29181 S. Lehman Road — as host of the occasion.
“I just love this winery,” Scarlata said. “It’s very charming and it lends itself to the vintage look.”
Guests browsed through the offerings and were served wine and lunch, and Chevaillier was impressed by the turnout.
“I’m flabbergasted,” he said. “I had no idea it was going to be this crazy.”
The event, featuring 39 vendors from all over California, reminded some attendees of why they started collecting antiques.
“Since I was a little girl, my mom and I have been antiquing, going to estate sales and auctions,” said Rachel Gabbert. “It’s always been a hobby of ours.”
After graduating from college, she decided to turn her art degree and love of antiquing into a business — and what better partner than the woman who got her started?
Gail Gabbert, who is also a commercial real estate broker, has joined her daughter in running their antique shop at 8010 W. 11th St. for the past two years.
“Leaving the business world and moving into the creative world is a dream come true,” she said.
Tracy resident Kellie Garcia couldn’t think of a better gift to give her best friend, Christine Pastrikas, than a ticket to Vintage in the Vines. The longtime friends were there celebrating Pastrikas’ 47th birthday and their shared love for restoring furniture.
“We’ve been antiquing for about three years now,” Pastrikas said. “Every Saturday, me and Kellie go crazy. We spend all day out and about at garage sales.”
Garcia was most proud of her recent purchase from The Owl Box.
“It’s actually an old kitchen table, and I placed dry-erase paint on top so my kids can write their math problems on it like scratch paper,” she said.
A portion of the vendor fees and ticket sales from Vintage in the Vines will be given to McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter.
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