Fresh Vintage is located in the Pearl Plaza in historic downtown Muscatine, IA. We feature up-cycled, re-purposed, antique and painted furnishings. We are always on the hunt for unique vintage finds so our inventory is constantly changing.
We are a stockist of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and teach classes at our in-store studio. The class schedule is posted on our Facebook page, or you can call us to arrange a private group class. We have paint, wax, brushes, books, and more - everything you need to complete your Chalk Paint® project!
In addition to our large furniture inventory, you will find:
- Gift items
- Candles and diffusers
- All-natural bath and beauty products
- Greeting cards, decorative paper and stationery
- Unique vintage items
- Stencils, paint brushes and many other faux finishing supplies
Check out our blog that features guest posts from our customers and their love of all things vintage.
Our location is the former site of the Batterson Wessels Co., which operated during the pearl button boom in Muscatine. According to an application made by the State Historical Society of Iowa, around 1910, the Batterson Wessels Company moved to this location, also partially operating out of the neighboring 214 (218) W. 2nd Street, home to the Muscatine Pearl Works. While most businesses were focused on button manufacture, the Batterson Wessels Company was one of the few that were a source of wholesale buttons. It appears to be the earliest wholesale button business as well as one of the steadiest, operating into the 1960s.
Last summer, we met Kathleen. Kathleen is the granddaughter of J.E.T Wessels. She was visiting Muscatine with some friends and stopped in the store. She wanted to show her friends where she used to play in the piles of buttons when her father served as Vice President of the Batterson Wessels Co. After talking to Kathleen for awhile our manager, Jenny, realized that she had a box of the Wessels family photos from the late 1800s/early 1900s. Jenny had purchased the photos, along with other things, from an auction nearly 20 years ago. She always meant to find out who they belonged to but never did. The owner came to her!
After Jenny gave the pictures to Kathleen, she returned to the store with a picture of her grandfather for us to hang in the store. We are happy to have met Kathleen, and other members of the Wessels family who have dropped by, and learn more about our wonderful building and the rich history of our town!