The Vintage Charm Homestead is our little piece of heaven right here in Illinois. The homestead is packed with gardens, using organic and permaculture techniques. We wanted to fill the place with life from the ground on up, creating a synergistic haven. We have just a small apiary but, the bees couldn’t have been a more perfect addition when we started five years ago. Our honey is 100% pure, raw, and strained only once. The honey is produced and harvested right here on the homestead. Our goal is to maintain the colonies with the most natural approach without sacrificing the health and well being of the bees. We know the benefits of our bees goes way beyond the honey they produce. That is why the honey is consciously harvested, always making sure they have enough to get them through the winter and, each glass bottle, never plastic, is filled with care for you and your family to enjoy.
Our journey really started many years ago. We always gardened, composted, and recycled but, our true catalyst to the next level was when we saw the Bald Eagles at Starved Rock for the very first time. Realizing how close our national bird was from extinction, the cause of that threat, and what a loss that would have been made us rethink how we do things. That began an incredible journey and, we’ve yet to reach our destination.
Part of our journey has been finding ways to preserve the past, honing some of the skills my grandmother and aunts used. Some of those skills have led to some of our products you’ll find here on our page.
About 3 years ago we began taking old and dated furniture and giving them new life. This has led us to some incredible relationships with distributors of some of the products we retail, such as Iron Orchid Designs and Autentico Paint USA. In December 2017 we joined Reclaimed Artisans Inc. located in Libertyville, IL where you will find over 125 vendors under one roof. In June 2018 we made the decision to bring in a paint line and decided Autentico Paint USA fit our needs and our philosophy the best. From honey and up-cycled refurbished furniture to handcrafted soaps and candles, hand crocheted items and other products from the hive you will find everything at our location inside of Reclaimed Artisans Inc at 302 Peterson Rd, Libertyville, IL, 60048. While we love to see our local friends we always appreciate those from far away and are grateful when you choose to shop online with us.
Thank you for stopping by. We love to share our homesteading journey with others and, we truly appreciate your business!