The old-fashioned charm of shabby chic and country decor spills out into the parking lot at Abigail's Antiques on Main Street, inviting customers to come in and browse away an entire afternoon.
Stepping into the shop, which opened in February 2004, is like visiting a delightful, bright and cheery attic in a comfortable old home.
"We all like to paint furniture and do florals, so opening the shop was a creative outlet for us," said owner Kathy Fugate of the women with whom she opened the business.
Fugate runs the shop with Valerie Collins and Ruth Nimtz. It features collections from eight different dealers.
"It will bring out the creativity in the most challenged of us," Collins said.
The store has a comfortable atmosphere that invites clients to browse from room to room, Collins said, taking time to look at all the individual items and enjoy the shopping experience.
There is a big collection of furniture, including cottage, country and shabby chic styles. Accessories abound on just about every solid surface and include all kinds of glass and giftware, handmade florals and home decor items.
The shop carries Gold Canyon candles, plus lovely prints, cards and stationery. It even has fancy collars and leashes for the family pet.
"Some of our most popular items are decorative iron hooks," Nimtz said.
In addition to decorative hooks, there is special hardware for furniture and cabinets. Some ornamental lawn and garden pieces also are featured at the shop.
The inventory changes regularly, and includes holiday items. If you're looking for that special Easter touch for your home or a gift basket, give Abigail's a visit.
Abigail's Antiques is at 404 W. Main St. in Payson. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The shop is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, call (928) 474-2886.