New shop is creative and resourceful

Vintage Bricoleur offers vintage, repurposed items
By: Leah Rosasco, Loomis News Correspondent
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A new Loomis shop is helping people appreciate and reuse old things they once might have considered junk. In December, Danny and Terry Sjotvedt, of Penryn, brought their antiques business, The Vintage Bricoleur, to a storefront in the High Hand Fruit Sheds. Previously located in the Antique Trove, in Roseville, the Sjotvedts said they were ready for a storefront of their own and had always liked the ambiance of the fruit sheds. When they learned they would be able to build their storefront at High Hand, the Sjotvedts said they jumped at the opportunity, and Danny Sjotvedt managed to get their storefront constructed in just one month. “We love it here,” Terry Sjotvedt said. “It’s a perfect fit. We feel like we’re part of a big High Hand family. According to Terry Sjotvedt, “bricoleur,” is a French word that describes one who makes creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand, regardless of their original purpose. She said it perfectly describes the majority of the items in their store. “We operate as sort of a collective, so we have antiques from a few different dealers, but we also have a lot of repurposed items as well,” Terry said. Repurposed items include jewelry made from old silverware and wrist cuffs made from old leather belts. A farmhouse style dining table and matching benches are made from reclaimed wood flooring and handrail balusters and several hanging lights are made from repurposed items ranging from an old milk can to a gramophone speaker. The Sjotvedts’ three children, Angela, 15, a sophomore at Del Oro; and Trevor, 13, and Arica, 11, both students at Penryn Elementary School; also help stock the store with their own creations, including Angela’s necklaces made of old keys, pieces of machinery, feathers, and other “random bits” of hardware. Trevor has vintage books, and Arica offers clay tags. “We call our kids the junior bricoleurs,” Terry Sjotvedt said. Rene Brooks-Williams, of Sacramento, said she stopped in the store with two friends – Lori Watkins, of Rocklin, and Kelly Furline, of Sacramento – to take a look at the shop inventory. “We like old, nostalgic type of items,” Brooks-Williams said. “There are a lot of great things here.” According to the Sjotvedts, antiques have been a part of their lives for years. Terry Sjotvedt’s parents, David and Helen Bustos, of Penryn, are antique dealers, as are the Sjotvedts’ close friends, Don and Melanie Zelder. The Sjotvedts used to accompany the Zelders on buying trips throughout California hunting for vintage items, and now the Zelders’ items are carried at Vintage Bricoleur. “They were buying to re-sell, and we were buying for our own home,” Terry Sjotvedt said. She said her family purchased a nearly 100-year-old home in Penryn and wanted to furnish it with functional, usable pieces that would reflect the era in which the home was built. Danny Sjotvedt, a contractor, said when the “economy quit his day job” for him, he started taking old items and turning them into something new and eventually they decided to make a business of it. Jinina Jelarcic, of Rocklin, said she had visited the shop and wanted to stop in again to see what was new. “I really like the fact that they reuse things,” Jelarcic said. “I love to come in and get ideas for projects.” Terry Sjotvedt said multiple classes are offered each month to teach people how to make many of the handcrafted items in the store, including wreaths made of old sheet music, flower pins, hand-tied rugs and vintage Mother’s and Father’s Day cards. The Vintage Bricoleur What: Vintage shop and crafting classes When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday Where: High Hand Fruit Shed, 3750 Taylor Road Information: 261-9079,