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Consignment store offers twist on the usual theme

by and on June 30, 2013 3:00 AM

Handmade items sitting around? Antique furniture? They just might be items that The Log Cabin, a consignment shop “with a twist,” is looking for.

The shop, located just off of Route 422 near Kittanning on Sandy Flat Road, opened May 4.

The twist? Jeanette Stitt, shop owner, isn’t looking for just any used yard-sale type items.

“It’s a consignment shop for antiques, crafts, artists who paint,” Stitt said. “Also, people who just want to change up their home but don’t want to sell at a yard sale for nothing.”

The shop is filled with unique, mostly handmade items, from jewelry and rustic furniture to festive decorations and do-it-yourself ideas Stitt has found on the popular social network bulletin board Pinterest.

Hardly any item in the store, she said, is “bought” previously from a different store.

“People bring their items in already tagged and ready to go,” Stitt said. She also said that she takes 15 percent of the sale.

“So when people make their prices they need to take into consideration that I’m going to take 15 percent.”

Some of the more interesting items at the shop include wooden ladders and doors that Stitt says are popular for DIY projects, a unique handmade coffee table that graces the entry of the store, and antique farm and home items, like washtubs, which she says are great to turn into planters.

Just in time for the Fourth of July, too, is a whole section of patriotic decorative items.

As of now, The Log Cabin is open on the weekends, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, but in September, it will be open more often.

In addition to the store’s main niche of selling handmade and antique items, it will host the Peddlars Faire every second weekend of the month from July to October.

The faire, according to its flier, allows participants to “bring a table or two or three and set up anything you feel like selling.”

Stitt is looking for people to sell arts and crafts, yard sale items, flea market items, baked goods, food and more at the faire.

Tables cost $10 per table for one day or $15 for two days, and the faire will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local fresh produce and fruit vendors will also set up shop at the faire.

Back inside the cabin, Stitt has created a room designated for parties and vendor spotlights.

“Say you want to bring about 15 of your girlfriends out,” she said. “It’s kind of like you do a party in your home.” Stitt described the setting as one in which you’d bring friends into your home to sell items, like Pampered Chef, Avon and more.

For every item the hosts’ friend buys, they will get a percentage that they can purchase items with.

“The room is also used as a spotlight vendor room,” she said. “People can use that room for free to promote their business. Say you started selling wine or Avon or something like that — you can advertise like crazy on Facebook, send out fliers and come out here and have people see your product in that room.”

The room is surrounded by a DIY bench that Stitt created out of wooden pallets for ample seating.

Stitt encouraged people from Kittanning, Indiana and the surrounding areas to take advantage of the room, which can be booked any night of the week for any time frame.

In the future, Stitt said she hopes that The Log Cabin can become “what she does.” Right now, she also runs Happy Home Child Care, a child care center in Ford City. She’d like to retire at The Log Cabin.

“This is my hobby. This is what I like to do,” she said.



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