I’m sad to say that on Jan. 2, I was diagnosed with stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer that has spread to my liver and lymph nodes. I was told it’s terminal, there is no cure, and the best I can hope for is 9 months to 2 years, all the while taking chemo to help keep the cancer under control as best as possible. Needless to say, this is quite a shock for me and my sweet husband Todd, with whom I’ve been together since we first met that very first day of college over 30 years ago… Therefore, I am majorly scaling back my involvement in Attic Antics. No more regular booths or shows but I do hope to stay as involved as my health will allow – please be patient if that means your order may take a few extra days to ship. Your support over the years means the world to me! If you’d like to join me on this journey, feel free to stop by my Facebook page or Instagram account.
Born to Dutch parents, Alex Wijnen went to Kindergarten in Denmark, entered grade school in Germany, attended middle school in the Netherlands and finished high school in the States. She picked up a love for antiques early in life as she strolled across flea markets in Germany and brocantes in Holland. After moving to the US, Alex’s love for European antiques deepened as all these wonderful old items reminded her of her childhood spent in Europe. After all, Oma Wijnen’s kitchen was filled with the types of treasures she now sells in her shop, such as the large enamel bread box her oma kept the breads and cakes in, the kitchen towel rack with hooks designated for dishes, knives, glassware and hands, or the corner sink drain that was used for debris in the days before garbage disposals. She also remembers her papa dancing around the kitchen with a lap grinder tucked under his arm, turning the handle and singing aloud as he ground up the beans for his Sunday morning coffee and porcelain egg cups for the requisite soft boiled egg for breakfast.
How did Alex make the leap from American college graduate with a thriving graphic design business to launching Attic Antics? It all started in her little attic room, where she would loose track of time as she transformed lost little vintage items into assemblage art that captured the viewer’s imagination. As her studio started to overflow with small treasures, Alex decided it was time for drastic measures – time to sell some of her collections. So what started as simply a destash project has now blossomed into a little business that includes an international customer base and occasional trips overseas to procure the unique European antiques you find on this site today. Take a look around – if you’re searching for something specific, just contact Alex so she can keep her eyes peeled for you!
WAYS TO SUPPORT:
Friends in the antiquing world have kindly banded together to help raise funds for my care in the following ways:
- Farm French at Rebel Junk:
Glo with Farm French has pledged half her sales to help for my care
February 2 + 3 Rebel Junk (Clark Co. Event Center in Ridgefield, WA)
- Plucky Maidens “I See London, I See France”:
Pam with Plucky Maidens has pledged to donate all ticket sales to my care
In addition, most vendors have decided to donate a portion of their sales plus there’ll be silent auction items, grab bags and other fun ways to help out, all with a European twist!
Sunday, May 6 at 10 AM – 4 PM (Oaks Park Dance Pavillion)
- Go Fund Me:
Pam with Plucky Maidens has kindly started a Go Fund Me page to help offset some of the cost of my care.
Ship global (and domestic, of course)
If you don’t live near Portland, Oregon, not to worry – Attic Antics ships nationwide, even worldwide! Items are safely packed and shipped either via the US Postal Service or via FedEx Home Delivery (depending on weight and size). You’ll be provided a tracking number once your order has shipped so you can keep an eye on your package as it makes its way across country or across the world.