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Changing Pockets to open in Uptown

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:29 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:16 p.m. CDT
Changing Pockets owners Rachael Reed of Lenox, left, and Christy Hribal of Creston pose in front of a wall, where they recently removed shelving to expose original brick facade inside their store, 114 N. Maple St.

Behind the paper covered windows at 114 N. Maple St., the owners of a new shop — Changing Pockets — are prepping to open Tuesday.

Owners Rachael Reed of Lenox and Christy Hribal of Creston said Changing Pockets will be a shop brimming with “unique” antique and vintage finds, collectibles, clothing and accessories for women, men and children, classic china, statement jewelry handmade gifts, replica art and handmade art.

Hribal and Reed, who met formally while working at Precision Optical in Creston, have been looking forward to opening a shop for many years.

“It’s always been in the back of my head,” said Hribal.

Hribal, whose 17-year-old son died in 2012, said the business venture is a way for her to show her 14-year-old daughter MyKenna Hribal how to be strong and carry on.

“I want to show my daughter, you can be down, down so low and still come up,” said Hribal.

Hribal, a crafter who makes items from hemp, wood and stained glass said the business will also offer her the opportunity to showcase her handmade goods.

Forming a partnership

Reed, who spent her formative years in Creston before her father started farming in Lenox, started attending antique shows, auctions and estate sales as a young girl with her mother.

“I just love the history of it all and the stories behind every object,” said Reed. “It’s just got to a point where I don’t have enough room to store it all.”

Reed and Hribal were rummaging through antiques at Reed’s home, when the idea to open a shop together first popped into their mind.

“We were going through stuff and just joking around (with the idea),” said Reed.

But, as Lori Williams, former owner and operator of Too Good to Be Threw closed her doors, an opportunity presented itself.

“She got talking to Lori ... called me up one day and said, ‘Hey, I think we have an opportunity for us,” said Reed. “I said, ‘Let’s go for for it.’”

Pocket change

While consignment opportunities are not available at Changing Pockets, Reed and Hribal are offering a “Pocket Change” program.

Reed described the pocket change program as a way for patrons to unload their gently-used clothing and items in exchange for store credit.

“Our inventory will always be changing ... at least every few weeks because I’ll still be going to auctions,” Reed said. “We’re always going to have new stuff for people to look at.”

Changing Pockets, which opens April 8, will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. To help clear out some clothing inventory left over from Too Good to Be Threw, Reed and Hribal are pricing items as low as 50 cents.

Creston Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 a.m. April 24 at Changing Pockets. For more information, email Reed at changingpockets@windstream.net.

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