Walton County has been growing steadily over the years along with their communities with many new businesses of all types coming to the area. One of the newest of these is a unique “boutique,” Lazarus Vintage Emporium on W Spring Street. Owners Amy Pieroni and Sarah Scott bring to Monroe a different outlet loaded with once-in-a-lifetime finds.
Scott said she recently relocated to Bethlehem and spent a great deal of time looking for the right location for their business, suggesting Monroe.
“It immediately felt like the right fit for us. Monroe is already a destination for treasure hunters and antique aficionados. With all the antiques available here, we noticed that no one was focused primarily on vintage clothing and estate jewelry,” Scott said. “We felt that this was a niche we could fill.”
Pieroni and Scott met about 3 years ago and started doing festivals together selling out their creations each time.
“We both had our own successful businesses – I create with metal and stone and Sarah with fabric and thread,” Pieroni said. “My jewelry designs are a direct response to the various materials that I find. I do not use drawings or measurements. Often, I begin a piece as a ring and then somewhere along the line, it morphs into something unexpected like a cuff or pendant. It’s what I call a happy surprise.”
Both Pieroni and Scott use almost exclusively recycled, reused and found objects in their work. Scott said she began sewing at the age of 7.
“I started up recycling in earnest about 7 years ago. My favorite projects involve merging vintage with modern pieces,” she said. “Before our current attitudes about our fast turnover of fashion, clothing and jewelry in days gone by were made well and made to last for years, even decades. It reflects a style and quality not seen in most manufacturers today.”
Lazarus Vintage Emporium also carries a collection of local and handmade artist wares including candles, jewelry, leather goods, soap, tea towels and gifts for men and women. They do not consign items but are always interested in purchasing vintage clothing and estate jewelry. Scott and Pieroni will be teaching a variety of classes including candle making, jewelry and sewing crafts. All classes will be 25 percent off if purchased the day of their grand opening October 13th from 12-4!
Sarah Scott and Amy Pierogi invite you to come and visit Lazarus Vintage Emporium.
As they say, “We wanted to create a space that was fun, funky and comfortable to hang out in. We offer a wide variety of sizes and styles and prices. We welcome everybody.”
Lazarus Vintage Emporium is open Tuesday through Saturday 10-6. Holiday hours beginning in November will be Monday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5.
Be sure to come to their grand opening this Saturday October 13th from 12-4 at 406 W. Spring Street, Monroe, GA. The official ribbon cutting by the Walton County Chamber of Commerce will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. To find out what new treasures you can find in the score, follow them on Facebook or Instagram. The website can be found at this link.