Why it's worth keeping
Four of our children sat on the sidewalk by our newly-purchased building, staring across the street as they munched on turkey sandwiches and grapes. The demolition of an old grain bin was fascinating and they didn’t want to miss a minute of the action. As the wrecking ball swung back and forth, they cheered and speculated about how long the destructive work would take.
The ironic thing about this picture is that they were sitting on orange upholstered chairs rescued just an hour before from the basement of the Ida County Courthouse. The chairs were free to us, just for the trouble of coming to pick them up. The ad in the paper had said that they would be “disposed of” on September 1. Instead, they are in our antique store, ready to be used by our customers who visit our Grand Opening on September 2.
So what is worth keeping? That’s a personal question, if you get right down to it. When the person who owns the property in question finds that an object has outlived its usefulness, they have the right to give it away, sell it, or dispose of it in any way that is legal. The grain bins are being disposed of (and that event has been providing unrivaled excitement to the citizens of Arthur, Iowa) but the chairs have found a new purpose here. (They are actually quite comfortable if you can overlook the 1970’s color scheme.)
That’s where I have high hopes for our little venture, the Singletree Emporium. I want our store to be at the intersection in life where objects find new purpose because they find a new owner.
We invite you to come see us, and find out for yourself what we have that is worth keeping.
(Limited hours, please call before you come!)
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Rachel lives near Arthur, Iowa, where she and her husband try to keep up with life with six kids. Together they operate Singletree Emporium, a place to find vintage and repurposed treasures.