"Little Shop of Vintage Treasures"
How did you get started in this business?
I really love being here, I love living here! I've been here 5 years in September and this extra two and a half stall garage was here. This kind of stuff has been my passion since I was a little girl. So this isn't like "Oh yeah..Everybody's jumping on the bandwagon." You know the song, I was country before country was cool?
I remember going to auctions with my dad growing up, it's just been a lifelong thing. My background was intended to be marketing. Then life happened; marriage happened, kids happened. So there was no the marketing degree so to speak. But this is the thing I've wanted to do ever since I graduated from Annandale High School. I've been in the Clearwater area since 1990 and then I moved here 5 years ago.
I see it says "Shop Small"... What does that mean?
I'm a small shop, not like the big box stores. "Shop local" is my campaign. All of the supplies that I need for repurposing is purchased in St Cloud, I like to support my local economy.
This is only actually the second house I looked at, and I was like, "Sold!" because I love the yard and that was important to me. I want to make this the whole package for people when they come here. I want them to see a really fun yard and say, "We have to go back to that place in St. Augusta! You got to see that pergola she's got! She's got all this cool stuff there." That's what I'm trying to create for customers out here.
Why do you like the St. Augusta location for this vintage shop?
When I did move out here, I was thinking, "Ok, there's nothing like this in this area!" You've got the shops in St Cloud and surrounding areas but there wasn't anything in or around St. Augusta. It's not so saturated over here like in other areas. You've heard about all the occasional sales on the first of the month but I am not exactly like that. I don't get in it for all that white trend stuff. When the trend says I have to paint everything white, I'm all green!
Let's include some more reviews from the Facebook page:
"Awesome shop. I found exactly what I was looking for. The owner is very responsive to posts on her page and also very easy to talk to in the shop. I will definitely be going back again to see what treasures I can find."
"My dad and I had so much fun shopping here today! We came for some picket fences we saw on Craigslist and not only did we go home with those, but also 2 other bags of fun for my wedding in October. The owners are so sweet and it was so cool to talk to them. I'll be going back for sure "
Thank you, Susan! I wish you the best in your business (and your upcoming Christmas sale!)