Perfect timing, the perfect building and the perfect opportunity finally fell into place for Sindy Rosproy and her husband Doug, owners of Mockingbird Vintage & Estates, to move their store to their home town.
"After two years of driving to Moundridge, we were getting a little weary of the drive every day. This building had come up at the same time the building we were in closed — it was just the perfect time," she said. "The building has so much character. The outside still looks vintage and it hasn't been covered up with vinyl."
Before moving into the building, which was on March 1, the walls were a bright red-orange color, which Rosproy said didn't represent who they are. The walls were replaced with a light grey on the inside with a bright teal blue on the outside.
"We totally re-painted, scrubbed and cleaned everything. Since there isn't much natural lighting coming in, we needed to lighten it up in here," she said.
Mockingbird Vintage & Estate, now located at 115 N. Main St. in McPherson, is a vintage store with items that have stories of their own.
"We're mostly a vintage store and we do have some estate antique items. We do estate sales where we go and help the owners of the home set up, stage everything, advertise and sell their items. If the item does not sell there, we bring it back into our store and continue to sell it for them," she said.
Initially, Rosproy had no intention of hosting estate sales, but after lending a hand to a friend, she couldn't stop.
"I fell into it by helping a friend whose dad was going to move in with her and she couldn't get rid of the stuff. She asked me to help her so I did. Then she recommended me to someone else and he recommended me and it just evolved from there," she said.
Mockingbird offers rustic items, painting classes, hand-made T-shirt quilts, baby quilts, and hot pads made by people Rosproy knows and loves.
"My friend and assistant, Terri Conner, makes the T-shirt quilts here and our daughter makes the baby quilts, bibs and hot pads," she said.
After a horrific car crash damaged the critical and logical thinking part of her brain, she started using crafts and furniture refinishing projects to keep her brain in good shape.
"I started painting furniture after the accident. I can't go back and do my old jobs, so I do this because it makes me feel like I'm contributing something. Painting is physical therapy for my brain and it also helps me keep things fresh," she added.
Having Conner in the store with her also keeps her focused.
"She helps me stay on task. I often forget a lot of what I'm doing," she laughed.
Similar to her own unique path to owning the store, Rosproy finds that antiques have past lives that interest shoppers.
"I like the esthetics of them, they're different. I've never like run-of-the-mill kind of things — I don't want those in my house. When someone walks into my room, I don't want them to go, 'I saw that in Pier One or at a furniture store.' I want everything to reflect who we are," she noted. "Every piece has a story too, I love that. I often wonder what this piece could tell."
For more information, call the store at 620-480-5998 or visit their Facebook page.
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