Home-made vintage store opens in downtown Boone
A long-held dream has come true for Shannon Ryman. Career changes due to COVID-19 gave him the opportunity to start Homespun, a store that recently opened at 815 Story St. in downtown Boone.
Ryman, who has lived in Boone since 2005, said she remembers there used to be a wide selection of vintage and antique stores in town, but says that number has declined. She hopes her store will be another option.
After being fired from her job as an accountant, she decided it was time to pursue this passion.
“It was something I wanted to do for years. After a few months, I really started to see how much I appreciate the offers of family-work balance (being self-employed), ”she said.
Its location is an old building with apartments at the back and upstairs. Her space is 2,000 square feet with a basement that she uses for storage, furniture repurposing, and workshop accommodation.
It offers furniture, antiques, interior decoration, vintage items and some contemporary pieces. She works with consignees but some parts that she buys directly.
Ryman describes Homespun as “antique, vintage and bohemian”. Prices range from a dollar to $ 500.
“There are always people who like to buy things for the house, but don’t know where to put them, so we make displays to show what something could look like in their house,” she said. “Another fun part is decorating the store over and over again every week.”
She said mid-century modern decor is popular and 1970s pieces are making a comeback.
When people shop at her store, she hopes the items look and feel like pieces that you would like to display where you live.
“I’m one of those people who change their home decor every 2-3 years and I think people love shopping in places that have a lot of different items for their home,” she said. . “A space in which you feel comfortable is important. “
She enjoys collecting – shopping, auctioning and auctioning in Iowa and surrounding states. Some of the items she sells are sold as is, while others receive a bit of TLC first.
“If you come across an antique and in good condition, I always try to hang it. I’m trying to imagine what they could be and bring it back to life in a different way, ”she said of the process.
Offering workshops and classes to the public is the other side of the business. His first effort is scheduled for July 30 at 7 p.m. Participants will make wooden porches with “welcome” written on them. The goal is to make these events available several times a month, and then every week before and during the holidays. People can expect to create door hangers, stencils, covers and more. Painting the furniture can also be offered later. For these tutorials, people could bring in smaller items such as bedside tables and end tables and learn a myriad of painting techniques.
The showcase will feature the latest DIY project, and the @homespunloveyourspace Facebook page will post information on how and when to attend these workshops.
“I like to have a good rotation of articles, so these are not the same things you see when you walk in. You never know what you’re going to find, ”she said.
Hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store can be reached at 515-230-6915 and [email protected] Ryman said she invites people to contact her with ideas on the types of DIY projects they would like to see her offer and to reserve her space for private events.