Divine Madness is coming to Oakland Park

When shopping for furniture, clothing or gifts, most stores tend to sell the popular trends. In recent years though, the popularity of vintage items has come full circle, even appealing to the younger generations. 

The pursuit of unique and different vintage pieces at bargain prices is a favorite past time for many. Like watching an old movie, vintage pieces take us back to either a simpler or more grandiose time and allow us to experience another era, through vintage clothing, jewelry and furniture. Often times, vintage is works of art and of a quality that you often don’t find today.

In Oakland Park, the area of Dixie Highway between Oakland Park Blvd and Prospect Road has long been known for numerous antique and vintage furniture stores. With the beloved Jasper Kane and The Frug, who both specialize in mid-century modern furniture and accessories, and with the recent addition of the much-loved Oddballs Nifty Thrift who is relocating from 13th Street, as well as a variety of other eclectic stores, Dixie Highway is becoming a Vintage lover’s Paradise. You can spend hours walking from shop to shop in pursuit of vintage treasures.

Jan Starr, Owner of Divine Madness

Divine Madness Opens in Oakland Park

This Saturday, March 19th, will be the grand opening of a new kid on the vintage block, a charming store called “Divine Madness” which specializes in vintage jewelry, accessories and Kitsch.

This unique store is owned and operated by Jan Starr, a vintage connoisseur who started in New York and has been in the business over 50 years. Starr, now a resident of Wilton Manors, wanted to open her own store for a while and loved the idea of opening it in Oakland Park. “I see this area developing into a unique antique row and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Starr. “And I thought it was time I went out on my own, this is my last shot” stated the “70ish” Starr.

This is a necklace from Czechoslovakia, Est 1900-1910 Era.

Divine Madness specializes in the most unique and one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry and gifts from 1860-1970 eras. Some of these pieces are literal works of art and statement pieces that you will not find elsewhere.

Local Artisans and Artists Join Divine Madness

Joining Starr in this venture are other local vendors and artists who will have spaces in Divine Madness, offering their own unique and eclectic items for sale. One of these will be Philip Licitra of Décor Emporium, a Fort Lauderdale artist who specializes in custom acrylic artwork, as well as refurbished pieces, which he describes as “Grandma Sheik Repurpose”. Another section of the store will offer unique and exotic plants, Bonsai and orchids from Harold of Above & Beyond Orchids. There is literally a gift for anyone to include jewelry, art, antique mirrors, exotic plants and so much more,

For all the animal lovers out there, Divine Madness has partnered with Janice Palmer and Sara Arce co-founders of All Cats Matters 954, an organization who helps local homeless and injured cats and kittens and the store will be donating a portion of their continued sales proceeds to this incredible cause.

The Grand Opening is Around the Corner!

The Grand Opening, which will offer food and spirits will be this Saturday, March 19th, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm at Divine Madness located at 4316C North Dixie Highway in Oakland Park.

Please stop by to see this incredible store, meet the vendors and support Oakland Park’s small business owners.

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*LivingInOaklandPark.com is an independent publication, not affiliated with the City of Oakland Park.

About the Author

Tami Wray

Tami Wray

Tami Wray was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and grew up in the Northwest area of Indiana on the beautiful Lake Michigan. Mrs. Wray relocated to Wilton Manors in 1988 with her mother and now considers Oakland Park her permanent home.

Along with raising two beautiful daughters and one step-daughter, she has spent her entire career working in the real estate field as a property manager, real estate paralegal and insurance professional.

One of her greatest passions is the rescuing of abused and homeless animals and promoting the need for spaying and neutering pets and adoptions of senior pets.

Mrs. Wray currently resides in Oakland Park with her husband Chris, two daughters and her rescue pets; four dogs, two cats and a ferret. Life is never boring!

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