Once upon a time, a woman with a love of collecting decided to share her passion and open her own antique store.
Like any fairy tale, there were setbacks along the way. From broken pipes flooding the store just days before opening day to a shocking break-in that left the little shop a mess.
But Kathy Prentice has swept out the water and picked up the pieces, determined to make Once Upon a Time Antiques a success.
Prentice opened the antique shop Jan. 18 just north of the post office, at 616 S. Beeline Highway.
An experienced antiques dealer, she knew there would be slow days to deal with, but never dreamed of the bad apples that would come her way.
Momentarily discouraged after the break-in and water pipe burst, Prentice has renewed her enthusiasm.
The charming shop sells antiques, vintage and gently used items and tons of “smalls.”
This is the second go-around for Once Upon a Time Antiques. Prentice opened a shop under the same name in Payson in 1984.
She moved the business to California in 1987 on a part-time basis until she retired from accounting.
“I moved back to the Payson area five years ago and have since ran my business (as a dealer) out of various malls, one in Glendale and another in Pine at Pine Country Antiques,” she said.
A year ago, Prentice decided she wanted to own her own store again and searched for the perfect location. The new space is neatly packed with pictures, furniture, kitchen items, hats, Coca-Cola merchandise and various trinkets.
“I have learned that people are looking for usable items,” she said. “Things they can put to good use, i.e., cast iron skillets like grandma used to cook that good ol’ fried chicken in.”
And while her things are old, that doesn’t mean they are expensive or in rough shape.
“One thing I want customers to understand is that I’m not a thrift store and I don’t carry junk.”
Prentice said she loves living in a small town again and hopes her shop has that mom and pop feel.
“I still believe in the American dream and it’s small shops like mine that keep it alive,” she said. “I hope there will be a lot of people that will find my shop interesting and stop by for a visit or perhaps just to chat.”
That is all Prentice needs to live happily every after.
For more information, call (928) 970-0058. Once Upon a Time Antiques is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays.