In late June, Longview resident Kathie Frost opened a combination craft and consignment shop in downtown Longview to share her adore of crafting — and to learn a thing new.
Frost opened Kathie’s Clutters and Crafts on Commerce Avenue about a month ago. The shop sells a variety of apparel, household decor and other products, and hosts craft workshops.
Frost mentioned she planned to retire in August from her career as pull-tab supervisor and secretary for the Kelso Eagles, and assumed it would be entertaining to open up a craft retail outlet. Immediately after conversing to close friends and household, who prompt opening a consignment shop as effectively, Frost determined to merge the two ideas.
“It was kind of on a whim, but it will be entertaining,” she explained.
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In April, Frost commenced looking for locations and “got lucky” to obtain the Commerce Avenue locale, previously Fathers Property Church. Her household aided renovate, tearing down partitions, repainting and changing lights, Frost explained.
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The store characteristics items stocked by 17 suppliers, in addition Frost, various from comics to home furniture to outfits. Frost claimed she told a couple mates about the option and it distribute by phrase of mouth. Just before opening, all the slots were complete with a waiting list, she mentioned.
“I was stunned at how rapidly it loaded up,” she explained. “It’s been preferred with vendors and shoppers.”
Given that opening June 20, the retail outlet has seen a very good volume of foot visitors and been really profitable, Frost mentioned.
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Unfamiliar with thrifting, Frost stated mates have aided her find locations to shop for objects for her shop. She a short while ago picked up a T-shirt push from the 1970s mainly because “I just experienced to have it.”
A significant place in the again of the retailer is established aside for craft workshops. Early previous week, the desk was stacked with new goods for the store, but in the course of the first workshop on July 1, it was entire of special paintings.
Paint and pour, also called acrylic pour portray, involves mixing paint with a medium and pouring it onto a canvas to build swirled layouts. Frost mentioned she hadn’t employed the technique just before, but it was enjoyment.
Frost preferred to open up a craft keep due to the fact she had “so considerably craft things in her house” and preferred a place to maintain workshops and learn with some others, she said.
“I considered, ‘I just require to open up a store as a substitute of acquiring two rooms in my home whole of stuff,’” she said. “I get pleasure from accomplishing it and have pleasurable performing it. I do not focus in something … that is why I’m looking for other people today to educate.”
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Frost mentioned she is hoping to recruit other community members to teach workshops at the shop. This summer time, the store ideas to hold workshops for little ones during the working day and for grown ups or the whole family in the evening, Frost stated. Scheduled workshops will be posted on the store’s Facebook site.
Frost claimed the group and encompassing enterprise house owners have been “amazing” and supportive.
“I’ve been astonished by how rapid it is gone,” she stated. “It assists when the sellers have awesome matters.”
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