SALISBURY — It was only a dusty bushel basket lid sitting amongst a slew of different vintage objects in a now defunct vintage store in China Grove. But when it caught Sarah Mini’s eye, she noticed extra.

That 100-yr previous lid, Sarah thought, would make for a terrific wreath. She bought the lid and took it home, the place she refurbished it, adorned it with flowers and added the script phrase “blessed” on the entrance.

“I love the idea of taking things that are thrown out because they’re old and giving them new life,” Mini stated.

That first lid turned wreath spawned a line of salvaged door decorations and impressed Sarah to start out Heart and Oak, a vintage ornament and refurbishment store. Whether it’s repainting an previous dresser or repurposing an vintage chair, Sarah specializes in taking previous objects and reshaping them into one thing new.

The identify Heart and Oak is a nod to the tree that Sarah spent her childhood afternoons taking part in below. The spirit of the companies is tied again to her upbringing.

“I grew up in a 100-plus-year-old house around Burlington (North Carolina) so I’m used to that kind of stuff,” Sarah stated. “It’s a part of me. When I see and save a vintage item it takes me back there. I had a good childhood.”

For three years, Heart and Oak has operated primarily on-line, but additionally out of assorted places the place related distributors meet, together with The Depot at Gibson Mill in Concord and the Chartreuse Barn in Thomasville. Soon, Heart and Oak may have its personal, everlasting home at 106 E. Innes St. in downtown Salisbury, the area previously inhabited by Oxford + Lee, a clothes boutique.

Although Sarah stated she’s all the time dreamed of getting her personal store, it was her husband, Aaron, who took the tangible steps to make it occur. He didn’t even inform her that he was talking to realtors or taking a look at actual property till it was virtually time to signal on the dotted line with Lane Yates Realty for the spot downtown.

Although Sarah has dreamed of getting her personal Heart and Oak store, her imaginative and prescient was made a actuality when her husband Aaron started to discover actual property alternatives in downtown Salisbury. Ben Stansell/Salisbury Post

“I wanted to be able to support her and I just came to her and said, ‘Hey honey, I think there’s an opportunity for us to open up a store. What do you think about it?’” stated Aaron, who owns Salisbury Rug and Carpet Cleaning. “She was obviously shocked.”

Faced with a chance to make her desires come true, Sarah stated that she was surprised.

“I wanted to throw up,” Sarah stated, laughing as she thought again at how nervous she was.

After pushing away these nerves, Sarah determined to go for it.

The couple started to renovate the area a number of weeks in the past, and Sarah has already began to fill it with antiques and vintage furnishings. A roughly 200-yr-previous chest has been put in as a checkout counter and Sarah has plans to show three vintage chairs right into a vertical shirt rack, the place she’s going to show the “vintage” assortment of shirts she additionally sells.

As they’ve begun to color and polish the area, Sarah has began imagining what the store might be.

“I don’t want people to just come here to shop,” Sarah stated. “I want it to be a place in the community where people can come, gather as socially safe as they can be, and for it to be a source of good in the community.”

Since Heart and Oak began three years in the past, Sarah has already constructed a shopper base that extends throughout the nation. As phrase has unfold that Heart and Oak may have a full-time, bodily location, buzz has began to construct, Sarah stated.

“I think that’s probably one of the biggest things I’ve been surprised by,” Sarah stated. “Obviously people found out through social media and I have these connections with people across the country who already know me.”

Heart and Oak will open in downtown Salisbury on Nov. 29. More data on the corporate may be discovered at