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The Old Market draws new business to uptown

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:11 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by SARAH BROWN)
Janelle Kretz takes a break on a ladder as she watches Kevin Giles and Adam Bennett hang a store front sign above the awning of her new store, The Old Market Primitives, Antiques and Gifts, 104 N. Maple St.

Less than six months after Janelle Kretz closed the barn doors of Gone Country Crafts and Primitives in Archer, Neb., her antique business will reopen April 1 in Creston as The Old Market Primitives, Antiques and Gifts, 104 N. Maple St.

Primitives and more

Kretz, 48, knows a thing or two about the antique business. As the sister of local auctioneer Tom Frey of Creston, Kretz has been “doing primitives, antiques and crafts” for almost 20 years and often attends auctions her brother runs.

Primitive antiques are a specialty at Kretz’s shop. The primitive pieces are items from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, which include wooden crates, spools, vintage enamel ware, galvanized tins and buckets and handmade pottery. Primitives are a type of antique used in country-style home décor and often feature folk art designs of animals, birds flowers and fruit.

While there are plenty of trendy and new home décor items and gifts in Kretz shop, the pre-1930s antiques with chips, cracks, stains and distressed paint add to the overall look and tell a story of those who have lived centuries before us.

Country heart

Antiquing has, until now, primarily been a hobby for Kretz. Prior to moving to Creston six weeks ago, she worked for a financial firm training debt collectors.

“It was very stressful,” Kretz said.

However, after spending time with her brother Tom and his wife Leisa earlier this year, Kretz had an “a-ha” moment.

“I thought, ‘life is too short to not do what you want to do that makes you happy,’” she said.

With that, Kretz followed her heart.

She consulted her family, sold her acreage in Nebraska, packed up her antique barn and turned her part-time hobby into a full-time job. In March, the Freys purchased the former Country Hearts building, which they have renovated and now lease the groundfloor to Kretz. The Freys have not yet determined a purpose for the upstairs.

“Without Tom and Leisa’s help, this wouldn’t be possible,” Kretz said. “I know what a good community Creston is and really hope they (residents) support the business.”

Grand opening

The Old Market Primitives, Antiques and Gifts opens April 1 and will be hold a celebratory grand opening April 17, 18 and 19.

Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For information on new inventory, events and consignment opportunities, become a fan of The Old Market Primitives, Antiques and Gifts online at www.facebook.com/oldmarketprimitives.

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