505 Trolley Brings Vintage to Colorado Springs

     It began, innocently enough, with a small glass case. Which, naturally, led to a larger glass case and then an 8 by 6 space. Then several spaces in several antique malls. Three years ago Mike and Brenda DeFelice decided to open their own store. Over the years they had traveled many places to buy their vintage pieces: Kansas Oklahoma, Missouri, Wyoming.  The year that Brenda retired from teaching, they took a 30 day car trip to the east coast, always adding to their inventory. But their favorite destination has always been New Mexico. 505 is the area code for Santa Fe and was an easy choice for part of the name they gave the new business.
     They opened “The Trolley” at Palmer Park and Union in August 2018. The word and enthusiasm spread, customers quickly became friends and the store was soon filled to the rafters.      Literally. When the landlord had a new plan for the property, Mike and Brenda reopened 505 Trolley in a larger, nicer space with a much less congested parking lot.  Most of their former customers have happily followed them the 2 miles to their new location at Fillmore and Hancock. New customers literally walk in daily and, if their 5 star reviews are any indication,  are pretty taken with The Trolley.
     They have done a wonderful job of filling their 1500 sq. ft. space with authentic vintage, antique and primitive pieces. There is literally something for everyone. Customers enjoy the layers and layers of well displayed finds. They appreciate the wide variety of items available. A word of caution however: many items and displays only last a day or so before being replaced with a new grouping or collection from the most recent hunt. But customers especially appreciate the owners. Most of the feedback inevitably mentions how welcoming,  helpful and comfortable they find Mike and Brenda to be. Mike, also a retired teacher, is so interested in people, all things vintage and is a wonderful advocate for Colorado and especially his hometown, Colorado Springs.
     All vintage stores are not created equal. The Trolley carries a remarkable variety of hand-     selected items. The owners rarely say no to primitives they find. Or industrial pieces. And they love all things Southwest. They have a lot of framed art, jewelry, ironstone and yard art … just to name a few specifics. They have a lot of enthusiasm for what they do. And it shows.
     505 Trolley is located at 3037 N. Hancock, about 2 miles east of the Fillmore exit off I-25. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5 and by appointment. They also offer private shopping for small groups in the evening. Call and set up an “Invite Night” for yourself! Call with any questions: 719-233-8639. Check out their website 505trolley.com and follow them on Instagram@505trolley and on Facebook @505 trolley-vintage. They look forward to seeing you soon!

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