Who is Penelope and what is Penelope’s Hope Chest?

My name is Lynette and Penelope is my calico cat.  Penelope is such a sweet old-fashioned and yet whimsical name, which I thought was a perfect fit when I opened my retail shop in Portland Oregon in 2004. I recently closed my retail location in May 2017 so I could have time to follow my dream of writing novels.

I put on my show Brookhaven Vintage Marketplace twice a year and also have a booth at several other vintage events throughout the year.  I have four online shops, including Amazon, Ebay and two Etsy shops.

Penelope’s Hope Chest is an eclectic mix of vintage and new and hand-crafted.  I am always on the hunt for fabulous new finds…whether they are vintage treasures discovered at estate sales, auctions, thrift shops and flea markets, or new treasures with a vintage feel that I search out on my annual trip to the Atlanta Gift Mart.  Added to the mix are lovely handcrafted items from myself as well as my mom and friends.


There’s always something new to discover at Penelopes…and inspiration to be found!