Village Shop gets makeover

Published 12:08 am Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Village Consignment & Craft Shop in Swan Quarter will soon be reopening in a new location — and with a new name.

During Hurricane Irene in late August, the roof of the shop sustained severe wind damage. The building’s owners decided it was not feasible to repair the damage, and the shop subsequently closed.

Emily Thomas had operated the shop for the past two and a half years and really hated to see it close. She said, “I may have operated the shop, but the Hyde County community really made it possible with the items they consigned and by shopping frequently. Swan Quarter has lost so many businesses since 2003 when Hurricane Isabel devastated our village — we just don’t need to lose another — so I’ve taken a leap of faith and will reopen.”

Thomas has leased the building that housed the former post office at 35 N.C. Highway 45. She is busy moving furnishings and merchandise to the new location. The new shop will be called Village Consignment, Crafts, & Custom Matting/Framing Shop. A reopening will be held today through Saturday.

Regular business hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A portion of the shop’s profit is donated to the Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department.

The shop carries a wide variety of items including gently used clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, kitchenware and glassware, antiques and collectibles and many more one-of-a-kind treasures. Those wishing to consign items should contact Thomas at 252-926-5121 (evenings).

Additionally, Thomas will be setting up her matting and framing shop at the new location. For many years, her hobby has been matting and/or framing photographs, pictures, prints and paintings. She has a selection of custom-made mats and frames available in the proper size to fit any work of art.

During the four-day reopening event, refreshments will be served and shoppers may register for door prizes.