The Press Newspaper
Anita Grieger believes that people want to support their neighbors and communities by shopping locally.
An avid shopper herself, the Oak Harbor woman and her friends have been known to take a weekend and just go shopping at the region’s many unique craft, antique and novelty shops – sometimes browsing and selecting purchases until the shop owners are ready to close the doors.
After retiring from a career in nursing, she was in a consignment shop in Elmore and had a chance meeting with an old friend, Deb Yeagle, who shared a love for the arts and handcrafting Grieger started sewing and crafting when she was 11 years old; Yeagle, a retired teacher, owns an Alpaca farm and also has a creative side, creating paintings, sculpture, hand thrown pottery and fiber arts.
The women knew each other years ago when their children were in Child Conservation League together. After reconnecting, the pair caught up and began talking about how great it would be to have a little shop where artisans could showcase their talents and sell their works, and where shoppers can come to while away the time and maybe go home with a treasure or two.
“She was the moving force – setting the wheels in motion,” Grieger said. “I’m definitely the more timid one.”
“We looked and looked and looked for different shops,” Grieger said. “When we saw this building in Woodville, we fell in love with it,” she said.
The new owners bought the building and immediately set out to lighten and brighten the dingy gray interior to create the perfect atmosphere browsers who want to take their time to meticulously scan the various rooms that house treasures in just about every nook and cranny.
Novelties and Nostalgia opened the doors in May 2012, operating on the consignment principle. Crafters and artisans sign on as co-op members. There are different options for membership, including joining for the year, or signing on monthly. “We take 10 percent for advertising and if they don’t want to pay that fee, they can work in the shop two days a month,” Grieger said. “We also have a 65/35 percent consignment options for consigners who want to sell four items or less.
“I knew there was a great deal of local talent in this area, but I was worried they wouldn’t hear about us, or wouldn’t sign up,” she said. “But we’ve been growing, as far as members, since we’ve opened”
Recently, Yeagle moved on to pursue other interests and now Grieger is the sole owner. “Actually, it’s not my shop, it’s the members’ shop and each and every one of them helps make it special.
Novelties and Nostalgia prides itself on having something for everyone – from those on a budget, to young shoppers and even guys who may be find themselves there on the arms of their better halves.
The shop’s rooms are filled with antiques and collectibles, baby and children’s items, baked goods, baskets, handmade clothing, felted items, unique garden art, goat’s milk soap and bath products, handmade greeting cards, hand-painted lighted wine bottles and glassware, pottery, primitives, purses and bags, shabby chic décor, painted furniture, watercolors, welded art, wreaths and more. A full list of crafters, confectionaries and tea makers who are co-op members, along with photos of their works are available on the shop’s website.
“What’s nice is that, because they’re local, our members are willing and able to customize their works at a customer’s request,” she said.
“I find that they also offer extremely high quality pieces at very affordable prices,” she said, adding that the shop also offers layaway for those “must haves” that don’t fit into the budget just now. Ten percent is required up front, and items must be paid off in two months. “For special circumstances and items over $250, we will extend the time as long as monthly payments are made,” Grieger added.
In addition to being a Mecca for shoppers, Novelties and Nostalgia also offers themed tea parties for up to about 14 people. Upcoming teas include a Gem of a Tea Party featuring guest speaker Holly Heise, an avid collector of unusual gems, Aug. 20 and Sept. 24 at noon and 6:30 p.m. A fall tea featuring hostess Jill Gray, owner of Blooms by Jill, is being planned for Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the website for pricing and reservations details.
A series of classes will also be offered in August, including Watercolor classes Aug. 22 from 1-2:30 p.m.; “Make a Pottery Pumpkin” Aug. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-noon; a pottery class Aug. 28 from 1-2:30 p.m.; a class on needle felt animals Aug. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-noon and a wet felt wine cozy class Aug. 28 from 3-5 p.m. Basic computer classes are also offered. Watercolor, pottery, spinning and felt classes may also be arranged by calling 419-350-0720 or Deb at 419-680-1186.
The shop will hold a Garage Sale Aug. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Novelties and Nostalgia is located at 330 W. Main St., in Woodville, just a stone’s throw from Toledo, Fremont and the Lake Erie shore. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. Call 419-350-0720 or visit www.noveltiesandnostalgia.com or the shop’s Facebook page for more information.
Anita Grieger, of Novelties and Nostalgia, always dreamed of owning a shop where area artisans and craftsmen could showcase their works, and shoppers could find unique pieces that are affordable and locally made. (Photo by Tammy Walro)