Owner of Wish Vintage Rentals
photography by Tiffani Jones
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When she’s not staging photo shoots for The Lakelander, Lisa Malott is often found sifting through antique stores, flea markets, and estate sales looking for special, one-of-a-kind treasures to add to her inventory for her company, Wish Vintage Rentals. Brides, photographers, and event planners from all over Florida contact Lisa to help add a retro flair to their events.
Wish Vintage Rentals was founded in 2012 when Lisa discovered a demand for unique vintage props in Central Florida. “I crossed paths with a pair of wedding photographers in the summer of 2012 and discovered that there was a need for vintage prop rentals in the Central Florida area,” she says. “They had a number of clients wanting to incorporate vintage furniture and decor at their weddings but were having a hard time finding a company that offered anything beyond the standard table and chair rentals.”
Since that summer, Wish Vintage Rentals has grown both in terms of its inventory and its scope. Lisa now serves clients in Tampa, Orlando, the beaches, and wides waths of Central Florida. Despite the breadth of her client base, Lisa’s dedication to finding the perfect pieces for each of her clients remains unchanged. “When I meet with clients and designers, I want them to be able to see all of the possible options that could work best with their vision,” she says. Though she does serve clients across Central Florida, Lisa established her business in Lakeland and always comes back to her hometown. “I love being a part of the great creative scene that exists in Lakeland,” she says. “It’s an awesome community to be a part of, and I am thankful that our company has been so well embraced.”