Tour the Antique-Filled Home of April Wilks from Vintage Pickin’

An antiques lover since she was a child, April Wilks has made a style of her own by blending old and new.

As she grew older, April started branching out from the local thrift shops and started making antiquing more of an experience, taking trips to visit antiques markets in Nashville, Tennessee, and the famed Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, Georgia. It was during those trips that she realized a way to turn her passion into a profession. Instead of traveling to the flea market, she thought, why not bring the flea market to her town? Thus began Vintage Pickin’, a now quarterly flea market with dozens of vendors all meeting in a barn on April’s land. What started as a small event has blossomed into a full weekend experience, and this year, the Wilks family took a leap of faith and are holding a market in South Carolina, their first one outside of their home of Fyffe, Alabama.

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Photography by Rachel Clarke
Photography by Rachel Clarke

As you would expect, April’s home is overflowing with vintage pieces. From the antique general store counter used as her kitchen island to the apothecary-style dresser in her living room, every piece has its own story. When she doesn’t buy vintage, she blends her new pieces with the antiques seamlessly, giving the whole home a patina of age that can’t be replicated. “You have to tie pieces in together,” she says. “Not everything has to be vintage.” She encourages friends and shoppers to play with a blend of new and old and see what works together.

Photography by Rachel Clarke
To read the rest of this story and finish touring April’s home, check out our special vintage issue below!

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