By Kari Cornell, guest writer
This is the second part in a two part series on Second-Hand Row, an emerging vintage shopping district on Minnehaha Avenue. Read part one.
If you’re out and about any weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, take a drive down Minnehaha Avenue and stop by a few of the many secondhand shops that have cropped up over the past year. Shop owners are working together to bring an eclectic notoriety to the avenue, which they’ve nicknamed “Second-Hand Row.” Here’s a virtual tour of the shops you’ll find along the way.
Tumbleweed Vintage, 34th and Minnehaha
For a few years before opening Tumbleweed in September 2013, Toni Johnson and Jenny Bader had been collecting vintage wares and selling them on eBay or Craigslist. But both had filled up their basements and garages with great finds and were looking for a place to set up shop. That’s right about the time Ella Ritzman of E’s Emporium suggested they come to Minnehaha Avenue, where she and Julie Kearns of Junket were scheming to transform the street into a haven for second-hand shoppers.
Johnson and Bader are sure glad they did. “We have just been amazed at the response and support, especially from the other second-hand shops.” Bader explained, “It’s usually not like that in the business world.”
At Tumbleweed, Johnson’s penchant for mid-century modern furniture and collectible kitchenware meets Bader’s love of all things shabby chic and retro. Tumbleweed is open the first and third weekend of the month, but over the holiday season they will be open November 29-December 1, December 6-8, and December 20-22.
Plum Crabby, 33rd and Minnehaha
JoJo Amos has had her eye on the building at 3263 Minnehaha Avenue for more than a decade, so when the beautiful brick 1920s storefront finally went up for sale a couple of years ago, she jumped at the chance to buy it. Since then she has been working on renovating the space whenever she has a spare moment. Amos opened the doors of her second-hand shop, Plum Crabby, for the first time during Open Streets in August, and has held sales a couple of times since.
Although the renovation is still in the works, a peek through the windows reveals a fun assortment of lamps, vintage world globes, old typewriters, and collectible furniture. Amos readily confesses to having an obsession with old things. “I like to find things that attract me, rescue them, and then release them back to the people who need them,” she said. Eventually, Amos plans to provide consignment space to other vendors. Watch for upcoming sale dates to be posted on the marquee in the front window. Plum Crabby’s next sale will be November 29.
TNT This ‘N That, 39th and Minnehaha
Peruse second-hand clothing, furniture, and household items at TNT This ‘N That at 3869 Minnehaha. This scaled-down version of Savers has the advantage of being right in the neighborhood—a convenient stop as you work your way down Second-Hand Alley. This ‘N That sells items on consignment and is open daily.
About Kari Cornell
Kari Cornell is a freelance writer and editor who has lived in the Longfellow Neighborhood since 1996. She’s a huge fan of vintage collectibles, good food, tinkering in the garden, and making something clever out of nothing. Cornell is the co-author of Growing with Purpose: Forty Years of Seward Community Cooperative and has written a number of cookbooks for kids.
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