Earlier this year April Margera opened the doors to her latest venture, Rose Hip Barn, and after 12 years of visiting—and, okay, wrecking—the homes she'd clearly spent so much time decorating it's nice to see her passions for hand-painting and refinishing vintage and antique furniture finally bust out for the masses. While in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a few months back to film interviews for A Tribute to Ryan Dunn, Rick Kosick popped off a few photos of April and her store, so I asked if she could supply me with a few details to pass on to any fans that may be passing through the area.
"The store is in Thornton, PA. It is over 100-years-old, and I have preserved and built a porch and studio onto it. What my daughter-in-law Kelly and I do is redo old furniture, paint it, cut it up, sew cool textiles, basically make cool stuff and curiosities. My mom, Velma, makes gorgeous handbags from Bam's used jeans,and some holiday ornaments that look like the the town of Thornton—all made out of Bam's skateboard ramp ends! We have an orchard out back and plan to have acoustic evenings there in the coming summer. The wild thing about the barn is that we are open every Saturday until Christmas. Then we are only open every other Saturday. So it is more like an event! Our things are so well priced that the merchandise flies out the door and takes us two weeks to replace. For example, we have an awesome couch for $75, wing chairs at $60 apiece, dining sets, gorgeous and redone, for $400. Forget Ikea! You don't have to put this stuff together and it is all made in the USA! A 1940s dresser is made to last."
So there you have it. Now you too can own an April Margera original or simply get your hands in Bam's pants. Check out the websites www.rosehipbarn.com and rosehipbarn.blogspot.com for updates, info, hours, location, photos and more.