Text by Hannah Jones
When asked how long she’s been antiquing, April Wilks’s answer is a quick one: “Always!” As a child, she and her family thrifted and antiqued as a way to save money, and it was in those initial years of learning how to shop that her style started to take shape.
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.
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.