Hi, I am Lyle Daniels. I am a pastor in Central Ohio to a great and loving church family. Me, my wife, and our four boys have served here now for over five years.
What was the inspiration behind Vintage Decor Addict?
The formation and birth of Vintage Decor Addict has been in the making for years. While it is just a little over a year old according to the books, the desire was formed much earlier. As a little boy, I grew up visiting with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even some mean cousins. I learned priceless lessons during those early years that have helped me make many friends and be reminded of the importance of others.
I have come to the conclusion that previous generations had a lot of good things going that at the time was simply considered a normal part of everyday life. On Sundays we would all gather at grandma's house. The older family members would tell stories about their childhood, teach us how to throw a ball, drive a tractor, feed the horses, throw hay on the truck, and sometimes simply wrestle on the ground. But during this whole time something was being formed in the very foundation of my being. Happiness floods my heart and mind when I start reflecting on all those gooood (stressing intended) years of my childhood and what they actually taught me now that I am a husband, a dad, a pastor to other precious families, and a Christian. If only these precious memories would stay as the good ole days go by too quickly. Laughing with family, chicken dinners, and catching grandpa's knuckle balls now find their existence in sweet memories.
Thankfully, I have learned the value of family, conversations, hard work, and memories. And a crucial part of the formation of memories is actual presence - spending time with others. In the months leading up to the opening of our store there were several things happening. There was a recent election, friends losing jobs, others losing unemployment benefits, I had recently completed my second Masters, we relocated, had a water leak, dad was very sick, and my wife's Fibromyalgia was getting better then worse and back again.
Needless to say, all of those surrounding situations, circumstances, and emergencies drove me to look at the legacy I was leaving my family. Had I taught them hard work? Had I taught them the value of "old things"? Had I taught them the value of not depending on others to do it for them? Had I taught them the value of planning for tomorrow? Had I taught them the value of considering how our decisions actually affect others? Of course, in my mind I had taught them all of these wonderful truths along with sharing many other sage-like nuggets with them on a daily basis. However, as I started to actually look at the time I spent investing in this thing called "legacy" I realized that speaking about something is one thing but actually doing it is another. Hence, I could start using my hands to help teach and spend time with my boys and hopefully these great principals might go with them for the rest of their lives.
What is the purpose of Vintage Decor Addict?
So, combining all of the former experiences with these latter circumstances, out came Vintage Decor Addict. Of course, while the boys are still growing, I am still learning and making memories along the way. Now when we look at an antique secretary desk, my family might start asking questions or looking for similar pieces. Hence, this young mid-forties dad is talking with, relating to, investing in, and conversing with his kids - about vintage crock pots, glassware, milk-glass, and mid-century modern pieces that belong on an episode of George Jetson.
I always share that I want my boys to know the thrill of finding a vintage treasure, transporting it back home, cleaning it, taking pictures of it, honestly and truthfully describing it to others who are placing their confidence in our words, storing it in a safe place, experiencing the feeling of knowing it has sold, sending out a "Congratulations" message, packaging it safely and securely, carrying it up the steps to the post office, and sending a "Thank you for the encouraging feedback" response.
I want to experience and model to others - even those outside my family - that if we will work hard, invest in others, always be honest, and do our best - even when it hurts in life or business. We will begin to realize our intrinsic value - our identity of who we are, where we came from, and our purpose. Hence, we will not have to look to bosses, juggernauts of industry, or governments to find our identity, value, and purpose.Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and have a very blessed day, Lyle
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