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Missy’s Things offers affordable, usable nostalgia

Owner of Missy’s Things, Melissa Hamlin, and her husband, Steve, hold their first dollar of business, commemorated in a plaque by the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce. (Republican Eagle photo by Amanda Greenwood)

There is a new spot in town for yesteryear collectors, nostalgic browsers and all around good-deal shoppers.

Missy’s Things held its grand opening Thursday May 22 through Saturday May 24 as a new member of the Red Wing Chamber of commerce.

The store is located at 3019 S. Service Drive next to Domino’s Pizza.

Owner Melissa Hamlin and her husband, Steve, secured the space just months ago and have quickly progressed to business ownership.

“It is unofficially ‘Missy’s Things, Steve’s Stuff,’ but that was too long for the sign,” Hamlin said, highlighting they have something for everyone who stops in.

The store’s inventory offers a “walk through yesteryear,” and shelves are stocked with Pyrex and Fiestaware kitchen items, popular toys of the past, collectible beer and sign memorabilia and much more.

“A lot of the things we have I remember from when I was little,” she said. “I want people to come in and find things they might remember from their childhood.”

Every piece has been picked out by the couple as well as a network of close friends who know what the owners are looking for to keep shelves stocked.

Each item is then cleaned thoroughly and priced affordably Hamlin said. She also buys and sells online.

Not new to retail, she holds a degree in business and has managerial experience with Layne Bryant stores in Mankato and Rosemount, Minnesota.

Rosemount was Layne Bryant’s No. 1 store before losing its lease in October of 2012, she said. At that time Hamlin was offered a management job at the Rochester location.

However, with encouragement from Steve, she decided to take a leap out of corporate retail and open her own spot in Red Wing.

“He told me, ‘Do what you love,’” she said. “I have always wanted my own space.”

For the last two years, Hamlin rented booths at the Red Wing Pottery Mall.

“I love it there,” she said. “We will still have a booth at the Pottery Mall.”

Hamlin’s new location, however, offers her more square footage and a separate identity, so to speak, with affordable, usable items.

Along with sprucing up her new store with fresh paint, Hamlin also stocked her inventory in the months before the grand opening last week.

And she says there are still plenty of items in storage waiting to fill the shelves, so new pieces will continue to come through the doors.

An antiquing enthusiast since her childhood shopping trips with her mom and grandma, Hamlin enjoys connecting customers with items they are looking for at a great price.

Missy’s Things is open 6 days a week and closed on Tuesdays.

Spring and summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sunday hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The details:

Who: Melissa and Steve Hamlin

What: Missy’s Things

Where: 3019 S. Service Drive

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.