Meet Sandi Ernst
Sandi Ernst has fond memories of growing up in a “picking” family. Her dad was an avid antique collector. Sandi recalls many an occasion when she would join her father while he would go knocking on someone’s door asking to buy some old, dilapidated, moth-ridden item on their property. He would take it home, fix it up and turn it into something amazing. Those experiences made powerful impressions on Sandi, so it’s no wonder that she has a passion for all things vintage.
Sandi is crafty and spends hours carefully and lovingly refinishing and refurbishing vintage furniture pieces, decorative items and knick knacks. In fact, she has taken in many pieces over the years that people thought were too old, too broken or too ugly to ever be re-used and turned them into stunning, coveted items for the home. You’ll find many of these items in her shop, itself a “vintage piece.” Built in the 1930s, Sandi worked hard to remodel and refinish the house so she could open The Missing Piece in 2014. Sandi had always loved the home, always thought as she passed by it that it would be wonderful to own it. Now she does, and she delights in sharing the space with the public. Many people, in fact, stop in not to shop but to see the inside of the house. Sandi is proud to have rescued the heritage home and to be able to present it to the general public as a cherished part of the community’s history.
Sandi is continually surprised by the demographic of people who want to furnish their homes with vintage pieces. “Lots of 20 and 30-somethings love vintage,”. With a renewed consumer interest in upcycling and keeping old items out of landfills, Sandi works constantly to keep up with demand and is likely to be busy for many years with the business.
Unique. Original. Vintage.
The Missing Piece artfully brings together vintage charm and contemporary flair in a combination that it is irresistible to lovers of the unique. The Missing Piece is rife with rare furniture and decor items that have been upcycled or repurposed with the kind of skill only a true artisan can deliver. Guests will find a wide variety of pieces, most are one-of-a-kind, with the stock changing daily. Shoppers will also find an eclectic and delightful selection of gift items including made in BC jewellery, gourmet foods, baby items, housewares, made-in-Canada furniture paint from Fusion, made-in-PG Cottonwood Island Candles and much more. While you’re in the store, be sure to pay attention to the beautiful building as well as it is a 1930’s-era heritage home that’s been proudly refurbished and re-purposed just like the furniture it sells.
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