GROTTOES — From purses to toys, mom-and-daughter team Gloria Munson and Katie Plymale enjoy sprucing up old treasures and making them new again.
The Grottoes residents mostly do it as a hobby, but make a few extra bucks at their booth at Something Cool Shops on 340, located adjacent to the 7-Eleven on Augusta Avenue (known as U.S. 340 outside of Grottoes, hence the name).
“We sell eclectic, vintage and antique,” said Plymale, 23, who along with her 55-year-old mother focus on upcycling — the processing of taking a typically unwanted item and turning into something new or refurbished. “We like to give things a new life.”
The mother and daughter duo are among roughly 50 vendors in the former Twitty’s IGA in Grottoes.
Ray Davis, 72, purchased the former supermarket at auction about two years ago. Before that, the building sat vacant for about five years.
The Davis family originally didn’t know what to do with the abandoned supermarket, which still has big-lettered signs around the inside indicating the meat, produce and bakery sections.
Last April, the family decided to open an antiques and flea market, where vendors could rent booths to sell their goods.
Troy Davis, 33, the owner’s son, manages the store. He said the business took off quickly.
“There’s been people moving a lot of stuff out of here,” said Davis, a former video game store manager who sells video games and systems at the store.
Typical vendors sell anything from primitive items to collectibles.
Charlie Moffitt, 58, of Waynesboro, has sold comic books and Star Wars collectibles in the shop for the last six months.
Moffitt, who owned a comic book store in Orlando, Fla., for about 30 years, now sells mostly on eBay, but has a booth at the store.
He said it gets him away from his computer for a few hours.
“It’s a good hobby and it gives me a little interaction,” said Moffitt.
Many of the booth owners are in the shop several days a week to add new items.
Usually, they say, they sit around and chat for a while with one another, giving the market a spirit of camaraderie among the vendors.
“We’re like family … it’s become our family,” said Munson.
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