Dealer Spotlight: Elizabeth Wheaton of Wheaton Whaley Designs

Get to know Elizabeth: 

The Rock House has over 80 dealers whom all bring a multitude of different talents and aesthetics.  We want to begin introducing you to the people behind the scenes.

 First up is Elizabeth, whom I have to say, is quite the worker bee.  Not only does she have a full time day job, she also is a mother to an active toddler and works her side-hustle, Wheaton Whaley Designs, which is in all aspects, a full time job in its own right.  After she works all day, and finally gets the baby down to sleep, the sewing machine cranks up and she works through the night.  Busy. Busy. Busy!  We have total respect for how hard Elizabeth works!

So... a word or two with Elizabeth to get to know her better:  

 What type of antiques do you specialize in? I don't specialize in antiques, but I do specialize in an antique art. Sewing has been around since Adam & Eve, so I specialize in really really antique stuff. But it's modern b/c I use up to date fabrics!

How long have you been in the antique business and what made you get started in it? I started my business 2 years ago to make a little extra money to put my husband through school. At the time I was 6 months pregnant, and thought I might give it up after baby, but she's 14mos old and I'm as busy as ever. My husband graduates in May and I'd love to do this as a full-time gig one day.
 

What is the one piece you have purchased that you treasure the most (that you sold or kept)? The very first pillow cover I ever made sold immediately on a group site, but a few months later the buyer relisted it because they were changing their decor scheme. I bought it back from them and it's in my sewing chair.


If you could have any antique piece, from anywhere in the world, despite cost, what would it be? I've always wanted a bonnet top armoire. I just think they are so classic and elegant. I'll have one at some point!
 

If you could be in any sitcom, what would it be? "It would be Bewitched.  Growing up, I loved that we had the same name (Elizabeth) and I thought she was so classy."

What time period would you live in from the past, if you could?  "I should have been born in the 50s so I could have enjoyed the 70s.  I surely think I would have totally fit in."

What is your favorite movie? "Gone With The Wind! I quote Scarlet O'Hara on the daily! 'I'll worry about that tomorrow.'. " 

What is your favorite song? " Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac

What are your social media handles (if you have them)? Instagram: @wheatonwhaleydesigns, Facebook: www.facebook.com/wheatonwhaleydesigns

Do you work in any other industry, or have other jobs? "I still work full-time in the insurance world. I work for an insurance broker and we assist companies in selecting & maintaining their employee benefits as well as property/casualty insurance. Very different from my side job."

Anything else you would like readers to know? "I love my family a whole bunch. My daughter, Abby is the sun in the sky, and my husband, Andrew is my dream come true. We also have a fur baby named Milly who is my true spirit animal." 

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Thank you Elizabeth for the insight into YOU and thank you for being a part of The Rock House crew! 

-TRH