There are mysteries to explore at the Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art store in Provo.
The store houses antiques, vintage clothing, pill box hats, furniture, tea sets, lamps and doorknobs tarnished by hundreds of hands. Fine art lines the walls, courtesy of the shop’s owners, Debbie and Mike Schramer. All of it is for sale, and because the duo each has their own artistic style, it appeals to many.
Tucked in one room, though, are wares rather unique to this part of town: a large fairy village. Made with all natural, found items, the fairy village features multiple homes, shops, and structures, all the size of — well, fairies. One can’t walk by the room without stopping to see the wee loaves of bread, the tiny twig rocking chairs, and the teeny beds. If fairies were real, they’d be in heaven here.
Fairy houses have become a gardening trend in the past few years, with gardeners, families and little children creating cozy little dwellings perfect for woodland creatures. Most purists build only from twigs, rocks, bark leaves and moss they find in their own backyard, but there are plenty of other options as well. The Schramers are experts on the subject of constructing fairy homes and structures from natural materials, and their best-selling books attest to that.
Their latest one, “Fairy Village,” is almost a how-to — but in story form, weaving its own fairy tale while readers tour the fairies’ bakery, a clock makers shop, small boutiques, a village pavilion and charming homes. Even better, Utah County fairy lovers only have to head to 36 E. 400 N, Provo, to see the real thing.
The Schramers started their nature art years ago, and have most recently been enchanting patrons in the state of Washington. Mike Schramer said he was content to stay there, but Debbie needed to be near the grandchildren, so the Schramers moved to Utah, and set up the Provo shop this June.
The Fairy House Vintage shop combines all of the Schramers’ talents and interests in one shop. They both are accomplished artists in various mediums, and together they create the fairy furniture and homes. They also both love vintage items.
“We love historical old things,” Debbie Schramer said after describing a more than 100-year-old chair they restored and refurbished. “Having antiques and art is a really good mixture.”
The Schramers want their little shop to be more than a store, but really, an experience. They have clothing and tea sets that customers can rent for tea parties or events within the shop. The Schramers hosted a tea party in July for a gaggle of little girls adorned in elegant opera gloves and Victorian dresses. The girls giggled and nibbled there in the front room of the shop, using dishware older than most of their parents.
“One girl didn’t want to leave, she was enjoying herself so much,” Debbie Schramer said with a laugh. “We’re hoping to make this a venue for more people to enjoy.”
Over the years, the Schramers have shared their skills – both in fairy village construction and in art – with everyone from kids to senior adults. In addition to those who come to the store, the Schramers hope to hold classes in the summers where they can take groups on nature walks to collect natural items, and then create furniture from those items. Mike Schramer also hopes to hold paper mache art classes – one of his favorite mediums.
“With paper mache, you get to work with your sense of humor, and with things you normally throw away,” Mike Schramer said, referring to one example on a table in their store: a toy racecar built from a Comet can.