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Opening a new business is risky during this day in time, but sisters MaryAnn Pearson and Jackie Lawson opened their consignment shop, Simple Country Living, on Dec. 8 to a store full of customers.
Lawson, who lived in Cincinnati, bought a home with her husband in Owen County in 2004. The home became their weekend getaway until 2008 when she retired and they took up permanent residence in Owen County.
Pearson, who lived in Baltimore at the time, came to visit Lawson during the fall of 2008.
“MaryAnn and I had always dreamed of doing something like this,” Lawson said. “She came to visit me and we looked around and found a place for rent. She began making arrangements to move down here and two months later the store opened.”
Simple Country Living specializes in consignment items as well as new items. Everything from primitive and country home décor to Vera Bradley purses and jewelry.
“We try to keep everything high quality,” Lawson said. “However, we don’t carry the same things a lot of people do and we try to keep our items reasonably priced.”
The business offers people who would like to consign the chance to make extra money. Simple Country Living accepts quality items in the line of other items they sell. The price of an item brought in by a customer is set by management. All items are kept for 60 days. If the item does not sell within 60 days, the customer gets the item back.
Those looking to consign can call either MaryAnn or Jackie for an appointment.
“We’re hoping the consignment part of our business will pick up,” Lawson said. “That’s how we get a lot of our merchandise.”
Simple Country Living also offers a variety of gift baskets. Customers have their choice of a “ready to go” basket or a custom basket for any occasion.
Lawson said she is excited about the new business.
“We’re really hoping that our business will bring more people downtown to shop,” Lawson said. “Not a lot of people come to this part of town to do their shopping, but hopefully once they visit us they’ll have a reason to come back.”
Simple Country Living is located at 107 W. Seminary St. Winter hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.