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Dover Post
  • Consignment shop offers a world of second-hand treasures right downtown

  • New life has been breathed into a 100-year-old house in downtown Dover, where Laura Kelly and Marie Hudson have opened a retail and consignment shop called Kelly's Corner Consignments and Collectibles. The store just opened on Oct. 23 and specializes in antique and vintage items.
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  • New life has been breathed into a 100-year-old house in downtown Dover, where Laura Kelly and Marie Hudson have opened a retail and consignment shop called Kelly's Corner Consignments and Collectibles. The store just opened on Oct. 23 and specializes in antique and vintage items.
    Kelly fell in love with the antiques and vintage items after she visited Hudson's house and saw her collection. The two women began going to auctions together and bought vintage items to refinish and repurpose. One day over lunch the duo began discussing the idea of opening up a shop and going into business together. That vision has come to life in Kelly's Corner.
    The house the store is located in has its own vintage charm. A claw foot tub dominates the upstairs bathroom and original wide planked boards make up the floor in a side room.
    Kelly and Hudson have stocked the historic home with vintage items they've uncovered at auctions and estate sales. The house is filled with everything from cut crystal to china and vintage advertising. Stepping into the store is like stepping back in time, particularly in the kitchen, where a classic '50s style stove is surrounded by milk glass bowls, blue tinted vintage Ball jars and retro kitchen utensils.
    "The main idea is to make it look like it would in your house," Hudson said. "Not to just have stuff lying on a table, but to show you how to decorate with it."
    Kelly's husband owned the property that now houses the store. It had been sitting vacant for a while when Kelly asked him to let her turn it into a store.
    Before Hudson and Kelly could decorate the house with their unique inventory the property had to be renovated. Floors had to be refinished, molding had to be scraped and painted and the attic had to be insulated.
    In order to insulate the attic the old floor boards had to be ripped up, and rather than tossing the boards Hudson and Kelly decided to make something of them. They've hired a carpenter to build custom benches and foot stools out of the old boards. Customers can order different lengths and colors to fit their needs and tastes.
    The store also offers shoppers the chance to create wish lists. If a shopper is looking for a particular item that Kelly's doesn't have the duo will try and track it down in their travels. Kelly's can also be used as a place to sell. The store offers consignment services.
    "If someone is cleaning out their attic or has a loved one who has passed away and isn't sure what to do with things they've been given they can bring them here," Kelly said.
    Page 2 of 2 - A potential seller can make an appointment, bring in an item or a picture of an item and Kelly and Hudson will decide if they'd like to have it in the shop. If the item makes the cut, the seller names a price and their item will be displayed at Kelly's Corner for 90 days. If the item doesn't sell it is returned to the owner.
    The store also rents space to vendors. The upstairs bathroom of the house is filled with yard art and bird feeders made of cut crystal and dinnerware made by a local artisan, and one section of another room is filled with a vendor's vintage bar ware.
    The store still has an entire room open for vendors who can choose between renting the entire room or renting a 6-foot-by-6-foot space.
    The shop is just getting off the ground but it is already fulfilling a lifelong dream of Kelly's.
    "I've always loved retail and I've always wanted to own my own place and this just made sense," Kelly said. "It just kind of evolved into this."

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