Brides, please meet Samantha Mason, owner of Old South Vintage Rentals. I came across Old South Vintage Rentals through pictures of her beautiful rentals that were used at a wedding. As a lover of vintage furniture, her pieces intrigued me instantly. She has an incredible eye for finding the perfect furniture and has found her niche in the growing trend of rustic and vintage weddings. I know that once you know a little more about Samantha and her business, you will fall in love with her pieces just like I did, so read on. Old South Vintage Rentals is a great name. What is the backstory?
I thought Old South Vintage Rentals was the perfect name combining everything we are. WE love everything old, we're southern and we specialize in vintage rentals. It was genius, really!
What made you decide to start your business?
I decided to start Old South Vintage Rentals when I couldn't find a vintage rentals company in North Carolina. I KNEW there was a need for it and I wanted to fill that void.
Where do you find your items for your rentals? Do you restore the pieces that you purchase or do you buy them already restored?
We find our rental pieces EVERYWHERE. We travel around a lot to find the perfect pieces for our collection. Depending on what we find, we have the option of purchasing them restored or restoring the ones that need a little work.
What is your Process? Do you deliver the rentals? Do you set them up?
Our rental process first starts when our clients wants to reserve some items. All of our bookings are done online as we do not allow clients to visit our warehouse. We then require a signed rental agreement and a 50% retainer to reserve their date. We then ask that we have the remaining balance seven days prior to their event date. On the event date, we deliver all rentals and place them wherever they need to go.
What is your favorite part of your business?
My favorite part of owning Old South Vintage Rentals is seeing the pieces I have carefully selected for our curated collection bring a clients vision to reality. It's so fun and exciting for me to see the pieces in action.
What is your favorite item that you rent?
Any of our carts and wagons. I have a strange obsession with them.
What is your most popular item?
Our most popular item is probably our wine barrels. Those suckers are popular!
What trends do you see with the current brides?
Our brides are SO NOT trendy, which is why I love them so much! Because they are all so different, we have a great mix of brides trying to achieve different looks. It's wonderful to be able to offer such an extensive inventory that is able to appeal to any bride.
If you could tell the brides one thing about your business, what would it be?
They can come to me for anything! Advice, questions, concerns...and no matter what the issue, they will always get in touch with ME. My response time amazes people, but I work with my clients on a personal level and I want to be as helpful as quickly as possible. It's all a part of the boutique experience.