Mary Beth Chapman, a New York Times' best-selling author, speaker, and wife to GRAMMY® and GMA Dove Award®-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman, launches The Blue Petal, an online vintage store. Featuring unique vintage items personally collected and curated by Mary Beth, her sense of humor and wit is cleverly displayed within each item, even down to its name and description she personally gives.
Within hours of its launch last week, The Blue Petal sold out of every item. To meet the demand a new line of wares, such as Halloween and Fall-inspired succulents, will be available tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 5pm CT. Additional items and seasonal launches will be released regularly, and shoppers are encouraged to follow along on Facebook and Instagram and join the mailing list for the latest updates on newly listed items.
The idea to open The Blue Petal began earlier this year. With more time at home, Mary Beth found herself blending her love of vintage glassware, planters, pots, and anything that caught her eye, along with her love of gardening and plants, particularly succulents. It was her way of connecting something old with something new, and she is excited to give a new purpose to an item that has been set aside or forgotten.
"I've always loved old things, whether vintage, antique or just plain old," shares Mary Beth. "I also enjoy collecting things that catch my eye just because they make me happy and their condition doesn't matter. Finding something that's been discarded and giving it a new purpose and a new story to tell has been life-giving to me. I love making sad things happy again!"
She continues, "I've also had a lot of fun giving each curated item a clever name and description that hopefully captures the personality of the item and brings a smile to its new owner. And of course, my wordsmith husband is right there chiming in along the way. Ultimately, I believe that one day all sad things will become untrue and that all broken things will be made new. The Blue Petal is a way for me to express that and maybe serve as a reminder that even our broken stories can be made beautiful, and that through cracked places, the light shines bright."
Find out more by visiting TheBluePetal.co and on the social links below.
Below are examples of items that have sold on The Blue Petal: ABOUT MARY BETH CHAPMAN: Mary Beth Chapman is a New York Times' best-selling author, speaker, and the wife of GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. She is also the President of Show Hope, an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy that she and her husband co-founded, which has given more than 7,000 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from the U.S. and 57 other countries. Steven and Mary Beth were married in October of 1984 and have six children - three biological children, Emily Chapman Richards (married to Tanner and mom to three daughters Eiley, Della, and Verity), Caleb Chapman (married to Julia and dad to son Noble and daughter Olive "Ollie"), and Will Franklin Chapman (married to indie artist Jillian Edwards and dad to daughter Willow Faye), and three daughters adopted from China, Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus. The Chapmans live in Franklin, Tennessee.