"There is a little bit of everything, and everything is for sale," said owner Sherry Johnson. "I've been collecting since I was 15 years old. I would regularly go to auctions and estate sales, and I would collect everything."
Johnson said she attended sales with her grandparents, R.G. and Jewell Edmondson, where they would buy China dolls and other collectibles.
"This was a family-oriented thing," Johnson said.
Things changed for the Cassville woman after her husband, Keith, retired from the construction business and decided to "take back his garage."
"We remodeled," Johnson said. "My grandfather owned this building so I made arrangements to rent it and open this store."
The shop is filled with glassware, antique furniture, quilts, China, primitives, costume jewelry and vintage purses. There are also old comic books and vinyl albums for collectors. There is silverware dating back to the 1890s and a Seth Thomas clock from the early 1900s.
"Everything in here has a memory, a story," Johnson said. "I love hearing the stories of the things people bring in on consignment."
Johnson's husband lends a hand with refinishing antiques in need of a little TLC.
"He started doing that when construction work was slow in the winter," Johnson said. "He actually started refinishing furniture in my kitchen."
Since opening on May 1, Johnson said traffic has started to pick up, especially as locals and tourists alike have seen the storefront sign and wandered in to find out what The Little Store is about.
"This reminds me a lot of the shops in Eureka Springs, Ark.," Johnson said. "I love the stores and the atmosphere down there. I've tried to bring a bit of that to my store."
Johnson, who has worked a variety of jobs ranging from bartender to office help, has finally found her niche.
"I love this," she said. "It's mine. It's what I've always wanted to do. This has given me a new life. God has blessed me richly."
The Little Store is located at 100 East Seventh St. and is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Consignments are accepted by appointment only.
For more information, call 846-3240 or 342-5600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.