Local Business: Attic Treasures brings new life to yesteryear possessions

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What was once old, has been given new life at Attic Treasures antique store.

Located in downtown Arbuckle, the business has something for everyone: dressers, tables, dishes, tea cups, old books, oil paintings, and a little faith.

For co-owner Kate Dawley Kellogg, it is an opportunity to express her creativeness and share her love for antiques.

“The younger generations don’t have an appreciation of antiques,” said Kellogg. “I love giving the items a new life and re-purposing them for use today.”

Kellogg, who has quite a collection of antiques, searches for unique finds and finds a new purpose for them.

“For some pieces of furniture I give them a fresh coat of paint,” said Kellogg, “I use some bold colors, or I can customize the look for the customers’ needs.”

The antique store isn’t new to the downtown scene; however, the business changed ownership in July. It is now operating as a co-op, where co-owners Karyn Burgess, Kate Dawley Kellogg, and Debbie Charter take turns stocking and running the business.

“I started the business with my niece Holly in 2013,” said Burgess. “The thrift store business has been a part of our family for years, but we wanted to be a place more than just a thrift store. It needed to be a unique place that offered some treasures.”

When Burgess’ niece moved on, she sought the help of locals Kate Dawley and Debbie Charter.

“We are a great team,” said Burgess. “Things are working well.”

“We became such good friends that the business is working out just beautifully,” said Kellogg.

Debbie Charter added that she is excited to be back downtown.

“It’s great being involved and seeing people again,” said Charter, who owned Auntie Debs a few years back.

In the front window is a beautifully decorated vintage 1950s dining table that showcases just a few of the treasures in the store. Upon entering, shoppers are greeted with rustic corrugated tin walls and aged barn wood.

“The tin and old barn wood has all been reclaimed,” said Dawley.

Some visitors may find themselves a little at home, as the friendly staff provides a welcoming experience.

“This is a very cute store,” said Arbuckle resident Pam Ramost as she browsed the extensive collection of Vintage Pyrex dishes.

Burgess, who started collecting Pyrex at the advice of her daughter, now shares the collection with her shoppers.

“You hear a lot of stories from people as they see the different Pyrex,” said Burgess. “I really enjoy it.”

Kate enthusiastically showcased her Bargain Buggy, a vintage stroller filled with various goodies that are all marked $5 or less. She even has a shelf with free Bibles.

“I give free Bibles to anyone who needs one,” said Kellogg.

Kellogg and Burgess have instilled a sense of Christian faith to the business, as various Bible verses are written on the walls in chalk,

“We wanted the business to be a friendly place where people can come and visit, shop, and get a prayer if they need one,” said Burgess.

From the occasional prayer, to an antique chair, a beautiful piece of china, or a vintage Piercer Yearbook, there is something for everyone at Attic Treasures.

If you have something specific in mind or would like a piece customized, Kellogg commented that they are willing to track down unique pieces and offer custom painting and work to pieces. “We want to make our customers happy and to find that perfect piece,” she said.

Located at 311 Fifth Street, in downtown Arbuckle, Attic Treasures is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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