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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — For Jeff Flettre and his family, the thought of opening a shop in town that offered shabby chic or the choice of something new wasn’t a hard decision after the recent purchase of what used to be The Sophisticated Lady.
The Flettres started out of their home when they had purchased items from an estate sale, but they were unaware of the 30-foot storage unit that had been included in the sale.
The business was run from their home for a couple of years before Jeff expressed that he was worried with so many people coming in and out of their home.
Jeff had talked about having an auction, but the Flettres were sure they would never get the money back that Jeff had put into all of the units and estate sales.
Before the purchase of the building on E. Oak Street they had looked in Stillwater and Menomonie, but everything was either taken or too expensive for them to rent.
The family-run business closed on the building on Friday evening, November 22, after the previous owner, Tom Quam, fell ill.
The closing occurred much faster than the Flettres anticipated.
Daughters Jessica, Sabrina, and Katrina along with their brother Jacob have all been taking turns at helping set up different areas of the store.
All of the kids make different sorts of arts and crafts that will also be sold out of the store which includes repurposed items, soap making with essential oils, jewelry, art, sewing, homemade cards and much more.
Katrina will also be using a small space of the store for a photography studio once she has her equipment and space set up.
Some of the over 600 newer items that are located within the store are Party Lights, Hallmark, SnowBabies, and much more priced at 50 percent below retail cost.
Jerilynne Treziok, Stephanie Drinkman, Wes Pletan, and Jolene Laberee have also helped the Flettres since the store has been opening. Treziok has been staging the displays for the Flettres and Laberee, Drinkman, and Pletan come in on their time off in order to help move things around in the store.
Laberee stated she has been with the building through several owners including her own shop, but for now she sells 18-inch doll clothes that fit American Girl Dolls out of Flettre’s Gifts and Thrifts.
Community members will notice everything isn’t in its own place yet, as it takes time to stage the store which they are in the process of doing right now for Christmas.
Santa will be at the store on Friday, December 13 all day for the kids to come and get their picture taken. Santa will also be at the store during its grand opening on Saturday, December 14. If you can’t make it those days to see Santa, no worries – he will be back the following Friday, December 20, and Saturday, December 21, all day as well.
Donations are welcome and can be dropped off when the store is open. They also take consignments but are currently full and unable to take any more.
Flettre’s Gifts and Thrifts is unable to take large kitchen appliances and microwaves. The Flettres ask that any items brought in be clean and in working order.
Stop in and pick up an item or two, or just enjoy the trip back into time with all the older items. They also offer Watkins with a large variety to choose from.
Flettre’s Gifts and Thrifts is located at 132 E. Oak Street in Glenwood City and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or contact the store at 715-308-7574.