Sumner’s Cool Vintage: Inta Vintage

Owner Pam Johnson describes her store Inta Vintage in Sumner’s Main Street shopping district as a unique shop with something for everyone.  Inta Vintage has 7,500 feet dedicated to 40 vendors featuring one-of-a-kind items and handcrafted fare.  There is another 1,500-foot area called the Cellar that hosts classes and special events throughout the year.

According to Johnson, who owns the store with her husband of 30+ years Curt, “We don’t have NEW stuff … we promote craftspeople who upcycle and recycle.  We collectively pride ourselves in bringing old stuff to new face.”

Johnson credits her appreciation of older items to her grandmother with whom she began collecting with as a child.  “I was always into my grandma’s older stuff that told our family history, so I started going to auctions with my husband and we began working at Estate clean outs.”

Inta Vintage’s new location at 1109 Main Street opened following an extensive renovation last October 31st.  Specializing in repurposed and newer furniture, home decor and personal products, Inta Vintage features a wide spectrum of vendors.

From Mid-century modern, Farmhouse style, wine barrel furniture and art, painted furniture, garden art, linens, vintage clothing, jewelry, goat milk products, specialty incense, local honey and Dixie Belle Paints, the selection is vast.  There’s even a vendor that makes lamps out of cameras and projectors and one that creates one of kind clothing treatments and pillows from quilts.

The Johnson’s and their variety of vendors truly appreciate how well they were supported by the community this past year.  They especially are looking forward to bringing the many special events Main Street is known for back to Sumner.  “These events are the lifeblood of what makes Sumner downtown function,” said Johnson.

Inta Vintage is located at 1109 Main Street in Sumner.  You can learn more about Inta Vintage and their special events and classes by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/intavintage/.

LYNN CASTLE

Summer Events in Sumner, WA!

Following a year of event cancelations and housebound only activities, the Sumner Main Street Association is planning a fun filled summer of activities to get you out of the house.  Eager to resume their robust calendar of annual events, the team is working through ever-changing state and county restrictions.

According to Sumner Main Street Association Executive Director, Jill Starks, “The word of the year is ‘nimble,’ because as a group we need to be able to switch things up without too much notice. Our community is very supportive about our last-minute adjustments, because they also want the events to happen.”

The Sumner Main Street Association works to stimulate economic growth and revitalization, enhance beautification, nurture historic preservation, and ensure the vitality of downtown Sumner.   With criteria that 50% of the buildings in a designated area need to be at least 50 years old, only three Main Street Associations are certified in Pierce County.

2021 marks the year that seven buildings in the Sumner Main Street Association turn 100. To celebrate the Association has created virtual tours through Pretty Gritty Tour company, self-guided in person tours and intimate events implemented by business owners from each of the respective buildings.

In June, A Picket Fence and Sparrow & Nightingale located at 1006 and 1008 Main will be featured.  Then in July, Hometown Charm Café and Inta Vintage, also located on Main at 1012 and 1109 will follow.  Wrapping up the Centennial Celebration at 1119 and 1002 Main will be Northlight Interiors and a collection of businesses including the Main Street Association and finally Sumner Woodworkers at 908 Cherry in August.

Other events planned for Summer 2021 include the Classy Chassis car show which will feature about 200 cars, food and music on Sunday, August 8th.  The season will wrap up with a summer block party, “Fall for Sumner”, scheduled for August 28th.  

To learn about upcoming events, visit https://www.sumnermainstreet.com