Kollect It Korner opens May 5 with eclectic assortment of donations and consignments

Little Falls’ newest business will be holding a grand opening, Saturday, May 5. The owners of Kollect It Korner are (from left): Lisa Southers and Jamie Schmidt. The thrift and gift shop will feature an eclectic variety of donations and consignments, antiques and collectibles.

Shop will donate 10 percent of gross earnings to service clubs and events

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

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The grand opening for Kollect It Korner, a thrift and gift shop, will be Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at 54 East Broadway in Little Falls, the shop will offer prize drawings and refreshments during the grand opening.

“We carry anything and everything,” said Lisa Southers, one of Kollect It Korner’s owners.

As they prepare for their grand opening, Southers and Jamie Schmidt, her partner, have been cleaning and painting and sorting through donated items.

“We have received an outpouring of support from people we know, from encouragement, to donations and help with cleaning,” said Schmidt.

The shop is already filled with antiques and collectibles, home furnishings and housewares, some clothing, toys, books, home decorating items, a selection of purses and some jewelry. There is room to browse and comfortable places to sit.

Schmidt and her husband recently returned to Little Falls after living in Arizona for three years. Tony Schmidt had grown up in Little Falls.

“This is the kind of place we wanted our family to live and our kids to grow up,” said Schmidt. “Now my parents have moved here too.”

Schmidt and Southers attended the same church before Schmidt moved to Arizona, and Southers travelled there to visit Schmidt and her family.

“I’d always wanted to open a business like this, and took a chance in asking Jamie if she was interested,” Southers said. “And she wanted this kind of shop too.”

“We prayed about it, asking God if he was opening doors for us,” said Southers. “And he opened one after another after another.”

“We started without any money, asking God’s favor and all of a sudden both of our garages filled up with donated items,” she said.

“We found a place to rent and within a month we had a store full of stuff,” Southers said.

Southers noted that her parents have now moved to Little Falls as well.

Southers just liked the sound of the name, Kollect It Korner, and thought it was appropriate since the shop was going to offer collectibles.

“The name reminds me of the word ‘eclectic,’ which is the kind of items we have,” Schmidt said.

Kollect It Korner accepts donations of all kinds and consignments. They will also pick up items they find at garage sales and other shops. They have been trading items with the other thrift stores in Little Falls.

“We want to promote shopping among all the thrift stores in Little Falls,” said Southers.

“We’re not really in competition with each other, because we have different items,” Schmidt said. “We hope people will look around at all the shops to find what they’re looking for.”

Other secondhand and thrift shops in town include Stephanie’s Thrift and Consignment, Thrifty River, Antiques and Collectibles, The Clothes Hanger and Clothes Review.

Kollect It Korner’s mission is to give back to the community by donating 10 percent of its profit to area community service organizations or events.

“Each quarter one group or event will be chosen to receive the percentage for that quarter,” said Southers.

“We welcome groups to approach us for possible donations,” said Schmidt. “We then encourage people involved in that activity to bring in donations and/or consignments during that quarter to contribute.”

The consignment terms offer a 50/50 split of the profit. There is a new consigners’ special, with a 60/40 split on a consigner’s first group of items.

“We invite people to bring in handmade items for consignment,” she said, “and welcome local artists to display their items with us.”

One local artist’s product is already available at Kollect It Korner. Schmidt’s 8-year-old daughter, Callia, made four drawings that looked just perfect for note cards and Schmidt had them printed on card stock.

Callia had been donating to a food shelf while the Schmidts were living in Arizona, but now she is thinking she wants to donate to a ministry in Africa, said Schmidt. Her cards can be found at www.cardsthatfeed.blogspot.com.

The shop has a Web site at www.kollectitcorner.com and can be found on Facebook. They are located at 54 E. Broadway, and the phone number is (320) 774-0742.