MOUNDRIDGE — A year and a half after opening Mockingbird Vintage and Estates, owner Sindy Rosproy is expanding the space and services offered by her business.
Mockingbird Vintage and Estates, located at 101 S. Christian in Moundridge, was born out of Rosproy's passion for everything vintage. The store is filled with items like mid-century advertisements, antique kitchen tools and toys that evoke a nostalgia for years gone by.
Rosproy keeps expanding her selections. She recently added a selection of Peace Love and Quilts' hot pads, baby quilts and reversible bibs. The popular designs of Ruby's Rubbish T-shirts have also been added to the store and Rosproy wants to bring in more women's clothing.
With Mockingbird Vintage and Estates' floor space filled to capacity with inventory, Rosproy decided it was time to grow. She wanted to give people a space to gather and create, which led to her taking over the connecting space at 103 S. Christian, the former home of The Ledger newspaper.
"We are going to rent out the space if anyone wants to bring in a piece of furniture and paint in the air conditioning or the heat," Rosproy said.
The extra room is meant to attract individuals and groups both from Moundridge and nearby communities to the store It will also allow Mockingbird Vintage and Estates to host events including painting classes, wine and paint nights, basic sewing classes, craft nights and craft classes for children.
"My husband will teach them how to build a birdhouse," Rosproy said. "All the pieces will be precut and the kids will just hammer them together, paint them and take them home."
Mockingbird Vintage and Estates will begin carrying chalk paint and Rosproy plans to teach classes on how to refinish a piece of furniture.
"We will also be doing crafts and all kinds of mixed media classes," Rosproy said. "I have some teachers that want to come down from Wichita and do some classes."
One of those will be led by Rosproy's daughter-in-law, who teaches art classes for preschool children.
For the adults, there will be options to participate in painting classes.
"We're going to be doing paint and sip classes," Rosproy said. "We will also rent out the space if somebody wants to have their own paint and sip party."
Part of the appeal of the new space is that it can be closed off to the public, giving participants privacy.
"The shades will be closed — it's private," Rosproy said.
Any alcohol the paint class wishes to have will have to be brought in by participants, she noted.
"We will serve cheese and crackers," Rosproy said.
Rosproy wants to keep an atmosphere of fun, creativity and whimsy present both in the store and at the events held next door.
"I want to do some open houses," Rosproy said. "I want to do one where you have to dress up in vintage clothes."
For more information about upcoming classes and events, call Mockingbird Vintage and Estates at 620-480-5998.