Retro goods, original style: Camp Vintage opens in downtown Edmonds

Christine and Logan Harris opened Camp Vintage on April 22. (Photo by Gillian Young)

If you just don’t have enough cool old things in your life — maybe a 1970s satin Olympia Beer jacket, an old Coleman camping lantern or a mid-century Pyrex mixing bowl set — a new shop in Edmonds aims to scratch that vintage goods itch. And maybe help save the planet a little at the same time.

Camp Vintage opened April 22, Earth Day, at 122 4th Ave. S. The owners are Logan and Christine Harris, who described themselves in a press release as “a couple of passionate junkers that are leveling up from more than a decade of antique mall booth selling to opening their own store. “

Logan Harris said Camp Vintage will focus on authentic vintage goods, not reproductions, and will feature a rough-hewn mix of industrial, nautical, old toys, mid-century modern, rusty farm items, yard art, books, advertising, maps, globes, tools, salvage, vinyl records, gas and oil, beer and sports collectibles, and other quirky treasures.

“We’re all about rescuing funky or useful old objects and getting them in the hands of folks that will love them all over again,” he said. “Whether from nostalgia, a sense of original style, how they are well made, and how they are eco-friendly, vintage goods are experiencing a revival of sorts. And we want to complement a fantastic downtown Edmonds store and restaurant scene by delivering a fun, retro shopping experience in this great old house.”

The Camp Vintage location is in the 1906 bungalow that housed Bountiful Home for 15 years and before that, The Weed Lady. Next door is the Edmonds Hobby Shop, in operation Rich and Roger Hunt since the early 1970s.

“It’s a privilege to set up ‘Camp’ here and we can’t thank Rich and Roger, as well as Todd Waddell (Bountiful Home proprietor), enough for their support,” said Christine Harris. “We embrace a sense of responsibility to protect this historic structure that is so treasured by the community.”

How did the couple come up with the name “Camp?”

“We just wanted to capture a feel-good vibe of well-being, nostalgia, time slowing down, freedom, adventure, embracing the outdoors, making friends…except with no mosquitos,” Christine Harris said.

  1. What a great store for Edmonds, as most people want to preserve our town and have a sense of nostalgia. I am sure you will do very well!

  2. Great addition for our city. I have always worked with vintage and spent a lifetime re-purposing. First out of need and then for creativity with projects. I am a firm believer in repurposing rather than buying plastic and fiberboard furniture. Don’t like that early american knobby legged look…grab a chain saw and go to town! Then finish as desired. Frankly I am excited just thinking about all the things you will sell and all the pleasure they will bring to your customers for years to come. This business is good for the environment and good for the imagination. Welcome to you Camp Vintage.

  3. I attended the EDMONDS Chamber “Ribbon-Cutting” for this new business; and it was a pleasure meeting the proud owners! Certainly a very interesting inventory of ‘old stuff.’ I saw a Lloyd’s transistor radio that sure did bring back some memories! Wishing you future success!

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