Twarkles Decor and More, owned by Lindy Thomas, is a newly opened consignment shop featuring an eclectic assortment of high quality used furniture, collectibles and glass plus local and regional arts and crafts.
Thomas opened the 2,000 square-foot shop, at 307 S. Ohio Ave., Nov. 16 and she represents 44 artists, craftspeople and general consignment individuals. She carries work as close as Sedalia and as far way as St. Louis.
“I thought Sedalia needed a consignment shop,” Thomas said. “What we look for, is people that are downsizing, moving, settling estates and they don’t want the hassle of an auction or having strangers come in their home. It gives them a different outlet. Also then, people coming in can find items in more of a eclectic setting, you can put pieces together that you wouldn’t normally put together.
“Eclectic is the perfect word,” she added. “It’s pretty much anything and everything you could have for your house. There’s antiques, vintage and new and used. It has a little of everything, and most of it is one of a kind.”
She is thrilled to be part of the Sedalia downtown also.
“I’m very glad to be downtown,” she said. “There are so many great shops down here and Michelle and John Swords (owners of Swords Pharmacy) have been a big help to us. John is here to help with anything we need. They have been great to point us in the right direction.”
Thomas is a retired R.N., who worked at Whiteman Air Force Base. She and her husband, Marshall, love to travel and at his urging she began to look for a part time job so they could take the grandkids on a trip to Disney World. Unsuccessful, she decided to go to work for herself—thus was born Twarkles.
“I just couldn’t find anything I wanted to do, and I always wanted to have my own store,” she said.
The shop’s unique name was taken from a outing with Thomas’s daughter Brittney Gaspard.
“It’s a word between my daughter and I,” Thomas said. “When I get excited I get tongue tied.”
They were shopping and Thomas saw an assortment of door knobs and drawer pulls and she called out, “Brittney, Brittney look at all the twarkles!
“I knew if I ever opened a shop that’s what I’d call it,” she added.
To begin the process of opening the business, the Thomas’s picked out a building and she started advertising on Facebook.
“To let people know, hey I’m going to open a shop and I’m looking for people to put good quality items in,” Thomas said. “I have 44 different consignors, so it didn’t take long—word of mouth.”
Some of her items carried include photography by Sedalia’s Mark Hammond, of Moonlight 10 Photography. Hammond’s large pieces featuring Sedalia landmarks run from $400 to $1000 for a 3-by-6-foot photo of Scared Heart Church.
“It can stand on its own or go on the wall,” she said.”Mark was my first artist.”
The shop also sells Hammond’s photography books as well as books by local historians Becky Carr Imhauser and Betty Wasson Singer.
Thomas also carries work by Sedalia resident Chyna Martin, owner of Cooper Fox Clothing Co.
“She upcycles (embellishes) vintage clothing,” she added. “She has baby clothes, adult clothes and the scarves are a hot item this year. Her husband is Josh Martin and his mom used to have The Robin’s Nest, so he does fine arts.”
Josh Martin creates “industrial dolls” made from oil cans that sell for approximately $100.
The shop carries the work of a sister team, Ruth Melby and Patti Whitlock, of Sedalia, who paint furniture.
“They are called Once Upon a Second Time Around,” Thomas said. “They paint furniture and they do chalk paint.”
Her other furniture painters are Carleen and Josh Devany, of Warsaw, who painted a dresser with a Van Gogh theme of Starry Night tuning it into a one-of-a-kind entertainment center.
“He’s revamping the drawers for the person who bought it,” Thomas said.
Carleen also makes specialty window hangings with dried flower arrangements inside them.
Julie Sieving, of Sedalia, owner of Julie’s Clay Creations, sells pottery platters, and decorative bowls in the price range of $12 to $100.
“All of hers is multifunctional because you can have it sitting there as a decorative piece, but it’s functional,” she said. “You use those casserole dishes, salad bowls and chip and dip plates. Her stuff it’s beautiful and you can sit it out and when you’re ready to use it, you use it, and when your done you put it back out.”
Twarkles also carries beautiful fused glass platters and stained glass art pieces created by Sedalia’s Donald Buller.
“This one is called ‘Broken and Healed,’ and see it has a heart shape in it,” said Thomas. “He won at the fair with that one. I think he said he won a blue ribbon.”
Buller’s pieces run from $12 to $185.
Hope Meherg, of Whiteman Air Force Base, makes ornaments, platters, wall hangings and wreaths, Thomas said, while the only oil painter she carries at present, Shawn Cooper, of Sedalia, paints icons such as the old covered bridge.
Steve Peck and Cindy Cline-Peck, of Sedalia, owners of Melted Laughs specialize in kiln-melted wine bottles, and Richard Forqueran, also of Sedalia, does re-upholstery for the shop.
Thomas also carries jewelry by Sedalia artists, Janie Miller who makes earrings, necklaces and bracelets and Chris Sublett, owner of Ladybug Creations, who makes wire wrapped and chainmail sterling silver pieces.
“This is sophisticated jewelry,” Thomas said of Sublett’s work. “And she does stone work, it’s just beautiful, and she does special order as well.”
Unlike some consignment shops and art galleries, Thomas said she carries the business cards of her consignors and looks out for their interests.
“I’m here to help them,” she said. “I want to help them get their name out. I would like to have meet-and-greets a couple times a month, where the public can come in and meet the artists and ask questions and order special orders.”
Twarkles will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Thomas said there will be finger food, refreshments and door prizes. For more information about consignors, call Thomas at 829-2392 or go to facebook.com/TwarklesNSedalia.