When most businesses are looking to move their presence from brick and mortar to online, Leilani King is doing just the opposite.
As of Wednesday, King took her family’s eBay business and opened Leilani’s Antiques, Collectibles and Second Hand Goods, 113 W. Montgomery St.
On opening day, a steady stream of customers browsed the shelves of antique knick-knacks and discussed with one another how they remembered certain items as children.
King said one of the things she enjoys most is sharing a fondness of the items she sells with her customers.
In the front of Leilani’s storefront, she showcases everything from original artwork and crystal ware to children’s games and toys to collectible pocket watches and accessories, such as miniature harmonicas.
The back room at Leilani’s is a thrift haven of previously used and gently worn newer items such as home decor, serving ware, furniture and clothing.
King says she is constantly scouting for new items for her shop to keep customers coming back.
“Customers are not going to come back and see the same things,” said King.
King and her husband started an eBay business in 2011. Previously, King worked in Des Moines at Wellmark for 11 years and Walmart for two. Since her eBay business has become successful, King said now is the perfect time to open a store since her son Charles, age 5, is starting school.
King thought about a storefront, but it wasn’t initially what she intended to do after moving from Des Moines to Creston in August.
“I’m not quite a hoarder,” King said with a laugh. “It just gets to be so much. These (items) are just the extras I have. I was simply looking for storage for the items I am selling on eBay, but then we came across the perfect spot.”
Leilani’s Antiques, Collectibles and Second Hand Goods is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.