When Jackie Williams and her husband Todd Wilson started to hunt for antique furniture for their first home in Florida back in 2009, they had no idea a new business venture would find them along the way. “Shopping at the usual big-box stores left us disappointed,” Williams explains. “Todd and I grew up going to estate sales, antique shops, and thrift stores, so we decided to explore antiques as an option. Todd would find furniture and décor for our home and ended up selling our ‘extras.’”
What started as a collecting project in their garage soon became a full-time job for the entrepreneurial couple. Williams and Wilson opened Furnish Me Vintage in a 30,000-square-foot store in downtown St. Petersburg only a year later. In 2020, while operating online during the pandemic, they made the move to Chattanooga. Now fully based in the Scenic City, Furnish Me Vintage continues to collect, restore, and ship furniture around the world.