Big changes are under way at one of Payson’s most centrally located antique shops.
Once Upon A Time Antiques owner Kathy Prentice had re-evaluated her business and decided to lower prices and offer more thrift store merchandise to compete with the other stores in town.
For the next month, Prentice will be going through and slashing prices as well as bringing in retro and thrift items to the shop, which is just north of the Payson post office.
She will keep some higher price antique and vintage pieces too, trying to strike a balance between antiques and thrift store merchandise.
“I would like to as for your patience during this transition period while I reduce most of the current prices,” she said. “Since this is a time-consuming endeavor, if you don’t see a reduced price on an item, just ask for assistance and I’ll do my best to accommodate.”
In addition to reducing prices, Prentice will be adding new furniture, electronics, clothing, kitchen gadgets, household décor, linens, toys and gifts.
“Even though this new/used merchandise would be considered thrift, it will be clean and in like-new condition — no junk.”
Prentice personally finds all of the merchandise for the store, not relying on donations like other thrift stores.
“I will do my best to maintain merchandise of nice quality to keep the shop attractive,” she said.
Prentice opened Once Upon A Time Antiques roughly a year ago with dreams of spending her retirement selling antiques. A bargain hunter, Prentice has collected thousands of antiques through the years and realized it was time to share some of them.
She says she isn’t going completely thrift and will keep many antique pieces in the shop.
She would also like to bring new vendors and dealers in. Since expanding the store into several additional rooms in the building, Prentice has space to share.
“A possible mini mall could be in the works,” she said.
Contact Prentice at (928) 970-0058 for more information on selling in the shop, at 616 S. Beeline Highway.
Seniors get a 20 percent discount every Friday.