PATON – The barn from the early 1900s is no longer used for cattle as it was originally intended, but rather as a unique vintage store.
The barn owned by Matthew and Sarah Losee is the location for their business, Blue Egg Vintage – a name they chose from the blue eggs their hens lay.
âWe like to collect things. We love antiques and turning old things into new things â, said Sarah LosÃ©e. âI think it’s in my blood. My parents used to sell antiques in their garage before they had bigger careers. I love design and I love to create.
The Losees don’t focus on selling many wholesale items. Instead, they present a unique blend of old and new.
“I think this all means more to me because whether you have an old farmhouse, a new modern farmhouse or any style I hope people can find something unique at Blue Egg Vintage” she said. âI believe that something in every room in your house should tell a story or mean something to you. I like a mix of old and new and I want to help people’s homes feel comfortable and lived in.
The couple had dreamed of having a business like Blue Egg Vintage and at one point thought about constructing a new building for their store. But Losee said his grandfather, Robert Burnell, suggested considering using the barn.
Robert Burnell was perhaps a little biased because he was the one who saved the barn.
Losee said his grandparents Robert and Madelyn Burnell bought the farm in the 1990s and went straight to work renovating the property – although they never lived on the farm.
âHe likes to restore things; he wasn’t about to demolish the farm. They renovated what they could with the interior â, she said. âThe barn was collapsing. It had to be supported and they built a new hull around it to keep the original part intact.
Losee said she was transplanted to Greene County.
“Even though I didn’t grow up in Greene County, it means a lot to be here” she said, adding that her mother Candace (Hanson) Burnell’s father, Don Hanson, owned the Churdan grocery store. His father, Ron Burnell, who later changed his name to Busby Burnell, grew up in the area and went on to own Busby Productions in Des Moines.
Before moving to the Paton area, Losee said they lived in Colorado. But when the opportunity to come back to Iowa presented itself, they grabbed it.
âWe moved here in 2011 from Colorado. The second I got back to Iowa I had the feeling – this is my home â, she said. âI love the country life.