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Sioux Falls thrift store owners say they’re seeing a resurgence

Sioux Falls is dwelling to quite a few thrift and vintage storefronts, filled with treasures and one-of-a-kind finds. For some, it’s the fun of the hunt whereas for others, it’s one step nearer to residing extra sustainably.

During this time of yr, rummage, property and different out of doors gross sales occasions usually escalate and what’s left over usually reveals up on show in these areas. This yr although, owners of vintage and thrift shops say they’re seeing a resurgence in enterprise as Sioux Falls continues its trajectory of being the fastest-growing metropolis within the Midwest.

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These vintage and thrift shops usually supply a curated collection of gadgets with character and historical past, permitting buyers to uncover one-of-a-kind items that mirror their individuality. Additionally, the reasonably priced costs and numerous vary of merchandise usually enchantment to budget-conscious customers in search of high quality gadgets at discounted charges.

But it’s not simply those that are nostalgic who store. Younger generations additionally wander the aisles of misplaced recollections and moments usually caught in time. Some have even taken to proudly owning these classic havens to breathe new life into them.

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At 605 Thrift, proprietor Kiara Seiler started the enterprise two years in the past. Seiler, 25, noticed a chance to not solely personal a small enterprise but additionally cater to those that can respect the authenticity and sustainability of thrifted gadgets.

The inside of 605 Thrift on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sioux Falls.The inside of 605 Thrift on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sioux Falls.

The inside 605 Thrift on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sioux Falls.

“Trends come and go, but vintage is forever lasting,” Seiler mentioned. “That’s why I did it as a result of I do know there’s at all times going to be gadgets circulating.”

Last Saturday, 605 Thrift hosted their month-to-month pop-up occasion “Thrifty Days” with half a dozen distributors promoting their handcrafted artistic endeavors, together with fellow thrifter and consigner Bella Boo Threads, who rents a booth at the store.

Seiler said she hosts these events for Sioux Falls-based vendors to also share their passions with the community, no matter their style or who they are.

“Everyone is welcome,” Seiler said. “I want to make sure everyone feels seen and accepted while finding something special.”

For thrifters Dominque Dix, 29, and Marissa Large, 23, this couldn’t be more true.

“We have opposite styles but we are best friends,” Dix said.

Dominque Dix and Marissa Large are best friends who love thrifting together to find that one-of-a-kind piece.Dominque Dix and Marissa Large are best friends who love thrifting together to find that one-of-a-kind piece.

Dominque Dix and Marissa Large are best friends who love thrifting together to find that one-of-a-kind piece.

Dix is an artist, whose fondness for color is expressed through her business, Dominque’s Designs. Large, who is more partial to neutrals, is an esthetician at Beauty Charter in Sioux Falls.

“Our favorite line to say to each other is, ‘It’s cute for you,’” Large chuckled.

Aside from running their own businesses, thrifting is a passion the pair have been doing together for the past eight months.

“I’ve always thrifted. Even in high school, that’s the place I would go for things like theme nights – I don’t have a Hawaiian shirt just on hand,” Large said.

The friends enjoy finding unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that “have character and add a bit of texture.”

Brookings resident Paige Figland looks through the clothes racks on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 605 Thrift in Sioux Falls. Figland and her friend went to 605 Thrift as a fun activity to do for a birthday weekend.Brookings resident Paige Figland looks through the clothes racks on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 605 Thrift in Sioux Falls. Figland and her friend went to 605 Thrift as a fun activity to do for a birthday weekend.

Brookings resident Paige Figland looks through the clothes racks on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 605 Thrift in Sioux Falls. Figland and her friend went to 605 Thrift as a fun activity to do for a birthday weekend.

Dix said her main reason for shopping secondhand is her and her husband’s shared reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy, which also saves money.

“I realized I don’t buy anything brand new for myself. Like, this is my father-in-law’s jacket from the ‘70s, and it works,” Dix said, pointing to her attire.

Large added they love supporting local businesses, especially given they are both entrepreneurs themselves.

“Opening and having to go through all the steps to be a small business…it is hard,” Large mentioned. “I applaud anybody else who does it.”

When it involves competing vintage and thrift shops, Seiler mentioned she doesn’t see it that approach.

“If I don’t have something, I will refer you to someone who might,” Seiler mentioned.

For Peggy Taylor, proprietor of Gift & Thrift, the attract of vintage and thrift shops extends past their merchandise.

“I’m a firm believer that each one of us should support the other,” Taylor mentioned. “A lot of people say, ‘Well, they’re your competition.’ No, we should all be working together for the same goal.”

Taylor has skilled the transformative energy of thrift buying since she opened Gift & Thrift 13 years in the past, she mentioned.

The inside of Gift and Thrift on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sioux Falls.The inside of Gift and Thrift on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sioux Falls.

The inside Gift and Thrift on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Sioux Falls.

“I was always a fan of secondhand shopping,” Taylor said. “I wanted nice things for myself and my kids, and those things don’t always have to be new box store-type items.”

It’s not just antiques and secondhand finds at Gift & Thrift though. Among the 102 vendors renting their own spaces, some are artisans.

“We’ve become more than just a thrift store,” Taylor said. “Many of our vendors handmake their items, adding to the charm and variety.”

Treehouse Treasures hosts a booth filled with antiques and decor on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Gift and Thrift in Sioux Falls.Treehouse Treasures hosts a booth filled with antiques and decor on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Gift and Thrift in Sioux Falls.

Treehouse Treasures hosts a booth filled with antiques and decor on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Gift and Thrift in Sioux Falls.

As to what that demand consists of, it’s a multitude of things ranging from small knickknacks to old concert T-shirts to even toys for young kids.

Shelves filled with toy cars for sale on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Gift and Thrift in Sioux Falls.Shelves filled with toy cars for sale on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Gift and Thrift in Sioux Falls.

Shelves filled with toy cars for sale on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Gift and Thrift in Sioux Falls.

“I’ve noticed that the younger kids like 10 and under, some of them have that old soul in that they don’t want a brand new toy,” Taylor mentioned.

Another development Taylor has observed within the store is searching for secondhand items, particularly in the course of the Christmas season when total households will cease in.

“The kids go and pick something out for grandma, or aunts and uncles and things like that. It’s family time together and I have surprisingly noticed how much fun the kids have,” she said.

To Booth 202 owners Marie Murfin and Steve Whitman, family and community are key to speciaizing in those secondhand gifts.

Booth 202 owners Marie Murfin and Steve Whitman say the store is family-run and strives to give back to the community.Booth 202 owners Marie Murfin and Steve Whitman say the store is family-run and strives to give back to the community.

Booth 202 owners Marie Murfin and Steve Whitman say the store is family-run and strives to give back to the community.

As far as how the husband and wife duo got into the business, Whitman said, “It was very random.”

“I heard it was for sale…and without even telling her, I purchased it,” Whitman mentioned. “She was actually really excited about it.”

Located on the outdated Julz Woodworking, Antiques & Thrift Store on West 12 Street, Booth 202 opened three years in the past in January, a few months earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“When we first opened there’s a lot of different inventory, so we kind of switched our business model to focus on our other vendors and diecast model cars is a kind of our niche,” Whitman mentioned.

A big portion of the store is full of traditional Hot Wheels collectibles, that are marketed throughout the nation.

“We had a family come from Texas just so their kid could take a picture next to our Hot Rod Rat Fink statue because they saw our ad at the airport in Sioux Falls or the visitor’s guide,” Whitman said. “It was pretty awesome.”

Hot Rod Rat Fink statue and a large collection of Hot Wheels welcome customers when they walk into Booth 202.Hot Rod Rat Fink statue and a large collection of Hot Wheels welcome customers when they walk into Booth 202.

Hot Rod Rat Fink statue and a large collection of Hot Wheels welcome customers when they walk into Booth 202.

“He wants to bring back the Kmart days,” Murfin mentioned, referring to the previous store’s Collector’s Days the place unique automobiles have been launched from sealed circumstances.

Booth 202 also hosts Hot Wheel and other item showings once a month.

Customers of various generations enter their doors looking for classic thrift store finds to pop culture items like DC and Marvel comics, Star Wars items, Ghostbusters memorabilia, books and records and of course, renowned Hot Wheels.

Something strange in the neighborhood. Who you gonna call for all your vintage and pop culture memorabilia? Booth 202!Something strange in the neighborhood. Who you gonna call for all your vintage and pop culture memorabilia? Booth 202!

Something strange in the neighborhood. Who you gonna call for all your vintage and pop culture memorabilia? Booth 202!

“It’s nostalgic to a lot of customers in here,” Murfin said.

Whitman and Murfin also like to give back to those customers and others in the community which includes a “blessing box” right outside the store offering food and other items to those in need.

Blessing box outside Booth 202 on West 12th Street.Blessing box outside Booth 202 on West 12th Street.

Blessing box outside Booth 202 on West 12th Street.

“There’s no cause anybody ought to go hungry,” Whitman said. “We like to present again as a result of with out the neighborhood, we would not be in enterprise.”

As antique and thrift stores continue to rise in popularity among different generations, store owners agree that one thing remains clear: it’s not just about the items on the shelves; it’s about the people behind them and the communities they serve.

“In the end, we’re all small business owners people take the time to frequent,” Taylor mentioned. “This is especially true in a town of Sioux Falls’ size but at the same time, it’s rapidly growing, so the demand will be higher.”

This article initially appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Sioux Falls thrift, antique stores are seeing a resurgence. Here’s why

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