By KRISTIN FARLEY 6 News Anchor/Reporter
SPRING CITY (WATE) - The holiday season brings out the best in Tennessee products.
One furniture maker in Spring City only opens shop for nine days a year as part of a Christmas open house.
For just a few days in November, it was a shopper's delight in Spring City when designer Stephanie Strader held her Christmas open house for her products, sold under the name Between the Vines.
Strader displays the unique elements of her furniture pieces not in a store, but in her family's home.
Most of her everyday belongings are moved out for each event, so she can move in her hand-crafted furniture, birdhouses, and decorations.
"It gives me having my store for nine days, then I'm not tied down to it," Strader said.
She designs custom furniture year-round under the name Between the Vines. But she doesn't have a website or a storefront, and she doesn't necessarily want one.
For her, this is an art and she never wants to feel pressured to mass produce.
"I like to hand-paint every piece, which is time consuming, but it gives it that look," she said.
That look is distressed and timeless, and when you look even closer, some of her pieces do have some very old elements.
"I try to take old and put it with new, that way we try to take something that once was and bring it into today's life," she said.
A black sideboard with glass doors is the perfect example of how Strader carefully marries the old and new in her work.
"I take old windows, some come from farm houses, some come from homes remodeled. So I just build the piece, basically building the piece around these windows," she said.
Strader stocks up on old drawer pulls, shutters, and doors to incorporate in her furniture at the World's Longest Yard Sale each year.
It's easy to see she always find creative ways to use them.
As she pointed at one piece with old shutters used as doors she said, "You can use it for a pantry, a linen closet, so many uses."
To add to the feeling of her open house, Strader also invited nearly half a dozen other local vendors to sell items at her home too.
"We have everything from Southern Christmas [decorations], food, to dips to fudge to candy to wreaths," she said.
Strader said she is considering a spring event at her home for the first time.
In the meantime, her work can be found at the Chattanooga Knitting Mill antique mall and at Cumberland Ridge Primitives in Midtown.