Childhood dream becomes reality with shop ownership

Area resident Marie Vaandering said she's been interested in antiques since she was a teenager, and she has always wanted to open an antique store or consignment shop.
Becky Vargo
Feb 20, 2012

Her dream came true recently when she opened Shabby Alley in the Keenan Marina complex at 516 Pine St. in Ferrysburg.

“I’ve dealt in antiques since I was 16,” she said Saturday as she rearranged some items in her store. “I think my mom started me ... I think with keepsakes in the family.”

It’s been a long journey to the two-story shop in Ferrysburg. Vaandering said she worked as an assistant in the operating room at a Grand Rapids hospital, then as a receptionist in a doctor’s office.

She started her movement toward the consignment business by working at the Water’s Edge Consignment store next door. Almost a year later, she opened the doors to her shop.

Vaandering describes her business as an eclectic collection of new and used antiques and home decor.

One of the first items out the door was a full-size butler figurine that was guarding the front door while the store was being prepared.

Vaandering said she was working one night when the local police saw a man in the window and stopped to make sure she was OK. The man was the butler figure.

One of her sales on Saturday was a bowling pin.
“I had a lady come in today who was going to a bowling birthday party,” Vaandering said. “She was going to decoupage the bowling pin with photos.”

Vaandering said already she’s sold items in the store ranging in price from $1 to about $1,500.

Shabby Alley is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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