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Our Story

Collection of vintage books My husband and I have been collecting vintage artwork from around the world for more than 40 years. As we approached retirement, we began to uncover much of our collection, and were amazed at how large it had grown. It would have been a shame to keep it boxed up, so we created VintageOps as a way to share these forgotten treasures.

We started this journey with T-shirts and tote bags, but along the way we discovered another forgotten treasure, the flour sack dishtowel. After selling our products for several years at various Art Shows and businesses in the Reno, NV area, we were hit with a swarm of positive feedback. Being a tourist town, the number one question was "where can I buy more?" As my daughter finished up her Masters in Business (MBA), she helped at the art shows and saw this repeat question as an opportunity for an online expansion.

VintageOps remains a small family owned business, and we continue to produce all of our merchandise in the Reno, NV area. We are committed to providing quality products, and as we grow, we look forward to providing new jobs to an area hit so hard by the economic downturn.

As we have enjoyed finding and collecting these images over the years, we hope you will enjoy them as well. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions, and don't forget to follow our blog to learn more.


The Team

Barbara selling flour sack dishtowels at a show

Barbara LaValley

As the heart and soul of the operation, Barbara has been the visionary from the beginning. She is the designer, the purchaser, the printer, the packager, and the number one sales rep. Barbara is VintageOps.

Bill reconstructing artwork at his computer

Bill LaValley

Bill is the behind the scenes guru. As a retired Engineer, if a problem needs solving, he is the man. From machine maintenance to reconstructing damaged art pieces, Bill can do it.

sam at her college graduation

Samantha Conway

Samantha is the future of VintageOps. With her BS in Industrial Engineering and her MBA, she has what it takes to bring the company to the next level. From writing our blog to managing day-to-day operations, Samantha keeps us moving forward.