Treasures of all sorts in new store
There’s a baby alligator purse made in Cuba. There’s a stack of Fiesta dinnerware. There’s an entire table covered in silver goblets.
Around the corner, there are antique buffet and china hutches stuffed with carnival glass or collectable dolls.
Fine art by Joyce Lee Petersen hangs on the walls.
In the center of the room, sits Kathy Stewart who is stringing beads onto a silver wire.
Varied Treasures has finally found a permanent home at 309 Main St. The store is the vision of owner Susan Falsone.
Falsone sees the store as not only a place with unique goods, but as a place where shoppers can relax and enjoy the experience.
“I always say the entertainment is free,” Falsone said with a laugh.
The items Falsone sells often come with a story. The portrait of Avis Tentico, a famous woman miner in Ophir, is one of those unique items that can’t be found anywhere else. “I guess she could out-spit, out-cuss and out-gamble any miner out there,” Falsone said.
Falsone began collecting and selling her treasures just over a year ago when she opened a booth at the Grand Junction Flea Market. From there she moved the business to Seventh Street and Pitkin Avenue. Just a month later, she moved to 123 S. 6th St.
That location had only 600 square feet of space and Falsone couldn’t display all the “home to cool stuff” she had to sell.
“It’s just a little museum in a way — weird, eccentric, eclectic,” she said.
She couldn’t be more excited to finally find a spot downtown. “I’ve always wanted to be on Main Street,” she said, adding that the new space at 309 Main St. has six times the amount of space to sell her wares.
Falsone wants the store to be a place that is community supported and one that supports the artist community. She consigns jewelry made by the Art and Jewelry Guild and has given them space in the store to work on original designs.
Varied Treasures also sells essential oils by Young Living and vitamins and other health items by Nature’s Sunshine.
“I’m trying to support other area artists and vendors,” Falsone said.
Another room in the store will be dedicated to massage therapy. Trevin and Mallory Marz will be offering therapeutic massage for $25 per hour during the month of February.
“We just have a little bit of everything,” she said.
Varied Treasures opened Jan. 15 and is celebrating its grand opening throughout the month of February. There are discounts, entertainment, and snacks available.
The store will be open from 101a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Hours may vary on Sunday. For information, call 250-0633.