The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 17, 2014

Repurposed specialty shop to open its doors

A new store that specializes in restored furniture, lamps, picture frames and “old stuff” is opening in a storefront at the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Murphy Boulevard.

Simply Vintage, 604 E. Fourth St., is set to open this week in connection with the launch of Third Thursday in downtown Joplin, which is starting its seventh year.

Mary Ann Neff, who owns the shop with Julissa Russell, said she is hoping some visitors to Third Thursday will venture down East Fourth Street to check out their store.

“We have taken a lot of things that need a little repair or paint, and we make them pretty again,” she said. “Nobody would have been interested in this brass chandelier, but give it some paint and look at it now.”

Neff and Russell have latched onto a lot of their merchandise at local auctions. As stuff is sold, new “old” stuff that is in storage will be moved in to update the stock.

Neff said some items need little if any restoration.

“Sometimes, ugly is worth more just as it is,” she said. “But, we are all for repurposing things.”

Neff and Russell, longtime friends who are starting their first business together, have repurposed a former Midwestern Oil service station into their store by giving the brick exterior a whitewash and new trim color. The inside has been fixed up, too.

“We looked for space downtown but decided this would be better because parking is available. And, it’s a good location,” Neff said.

The service station, which has been inactive for years, had a sign out front that advertised a gallon of gasoline for $1.30. Neff said it took three men to bring down the sign.

Neff, who has had booths at local flea markets, said the definition of “vintage” has changed over the years.

“It can be from a certain period, or it can be just an old look,” she said. “You know, a light from the ’70s is now vintage.”

Candles, too

THE STORE WILL BE CARRYING a line of hand-poured, fragrant candles called Simply Vintage Candles.

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