Robin Martin has an eye for unique finds and she’s brought those hidden treasures to her new store, Rusty Rooster at 114 South Main Street in King.
The Rusty Rooster is stocked with antiques, collectibles and homemade goods from a variety of venders around the county.
“I had a business in Copeland for three years, but I wanted a place in the city and King’s downtown has been a perfect spot,” she said.
When the business owner isn’t manning her new store, she’s busy finding unique, rare pieces at auctions and estate sales.
“I don’t want this to be just a handmade or just an antique store. It’s important to me that we offer a mixture of things for all ages. I want people to have something interesting to buy and my goal is to change it up weekly with new items.”
Martin’s initial interest in auctions began with buying storage units.
“The first time I went, I ended up buying four,” she said. “We found some great finds and got hooked.”
Martin explained the process and said she was allowed to bid on the storage units by assessing the value of the visible contents from the outside.
“It was definitely a gamble because we couldn’t see everything we were buying.”
But the gamble paid off lucratively.
In those initial units, she found boxes of impressive baseball cards and rare stamps from what looked like a collector. Sandwiched between a stack of magazines she also discovered a valuable war medal, the size of a quarter.
“Every locker tells a story,” Martin said. “You could tell so much about a person with the things they leave behind.”
The Rusty Rooster’s mix of eclectic and colorful finds has seen a welcomed reception downtown.
“I think people want to support small businesses and they like seeing where their money is going.”
As a way of giving back, Martin’s hosting a Girls Night Out this Friday, July 15 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
“For me personally, I like them because we all have everyday struggles. This is just a time where you can relax and shop with girlfriends. You don’t have to buy anything; I just want it to be a great atmosphere. Our venders will be here and there’s going to be refreshments, drawings, and some free samples.”
Martin said there will also be a selfie booth set up for pictures and the Pinnacle Drum Circle will make an appearance.
“If you have laughter, food, and shopping it’s enough for most women,” she said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.