Hey there, we’re Annie & Greg Witkamp (or Em & Wit). We are a couple who salvage, collect, design and refurbish furniture (and homes at thewitsblog.com) found at estate sales, craigslist, the curb, barns, garage sales, things from your home and everywhere in between. Vintage, mid-century, retro, mod, modern, deco, antique, primitive, rustic, atomic ranch, and on and on. We like it all…well, most of it. We’ve got an eye for great pieces and sometimes you can even pry them out of our hands in our shop. Ba-dum ching! So we’re not terrific with jokes, but we can repair and refurb the hell out of things.
For years the two of us had a successful business in Minnesota (we are truly Hoosiers at heart, born and raised in Indiana, left after college), many of our clients were located in Minneapolis and its metro area, but we’ve moved and set up shop in the Pacific Northwest. It was our dream and we’re happy we did.
In the Midwest we worked with designers, stagers and directly with clients to create one of a kind pieces. Many of our customers wanted a unique dresser/changing station for their babes or a piece for their child’s room, teens included. There were a few pieces given as surprise gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day and so forth. I think one smart little lady had a terrific report card and her reward was one of our pieces in her newly decorated space (talk about an honor…student…get it…). A number of customers wanted a “catch all” entry piece, a cool spot to put their tv or something special for their porch. With Minnesota being the land of lakes, we had a number of clients hire us to create a piece for their cabins and cottages.
We typically get the wood furniture other refurbishers stay away from. Some of the things we’ve collected have been called firewood, left for decades in a barn, decaying and not being useful which we don’t like at all. (Don’t worry, we clean each piece.) Greg and I love that repair challenge and know when we finish, our pieces will be beautiful, solid and last for years to come. Did I mention Greg is a wood furniture ninja? Seriously his degree is in wood product manufacturing technology within the field of engineering. His day job involves designing and building custom seating for restaurants. Greg = wood ninja. Annie (that’s me writing this) handles the rest of this business. Blog, shop, photos, ads, communication, design research, material purchaser,customer service, splinter removal-er and things of that nature. My former career was in social work and therapy until I followed my creative passions and found true joy.
Enough about us right now.
If you are interested in something already finished or our designing a new piece for you, go to our contact page at the top of this site and send us an email. You can safely purchase from us through our Square shop. Tax is now included in the asking price of our pieces. We charge for pick up and delivery, so be sure to ask us about that. You can also pick up at our home shop.
I hope you’re as excited as we are to work together. Refurbishing is our passion.