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 full-fledged antiques business that includes an international customer base and 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!
Attic Antics does not have a store front but can be found at Monticello Antique Marketplace (8600 SE Stark St., Portland OR) as well as various local shows throughout the year:
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.