Silk Purse Originals has much to offer

Hint: Antiques are just part of the story

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Silk Purse Originals owner Jacquie Glaspie, at left, along with her daughter in-law, Vanessa Glaspie, hold a couple of items available in the newly opened shop. They are located at 2773 200th St. (Old Highway 20) just east of Fort Dodge.

There’s something new just east of Fort Dodge on the north side of Old Highway 20. Jacquie Glaspie has opened Silk Purse Originals at 2773 200th St.

The store sells an array of merchandise with antiques being featured.

Glaspie said her passion for antiques led her to turn a hobby into a business venture.

“I’ve loved antiques for a long, long time,” she said. “I like learning about them. I started going to auctions and it kind of snowballed.”

Glaspie said her home became so filled with the treasures she had collected that she was motivated to launch a store to sell antiques and other unique products. The business got its start in Humboldt in 2015.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Silk Purse Originals owner Jacquie Glaspie, looks over an antique dresser available in the newly opened shop. They are located at 2773 200th St. (Old Highway 20) just east of Fort Dodge.

“The previous location we closed and I was going to just do local shows,” she said, explaining how the Fort Dodge store came about. “This location opened up.”

Glaspie said being able to move her business to a high-visibility building on a high-traffic thoroughfare was too attractive an option to pass up.

“It’s amazing,” she said of the spot that is now the home to her business.

September 2017 was devoted to readying Silk Purse Originals to welcome its first local customers.

“It took weeks and weeks of moving and packing and rearranging,” Glaspie said. “Hauling in and cleaning.”

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Silk Purse Originals owner Jacquie Glaspie, at left, along with her daughter in-law, Vanessa Glaspie, look over some of the materials they have available in the newly opened shop. They are located at 2773 200th St. (Old Highway 20) just east of Fort Dodge.

On Oct. 10, 2017, the shop opened its doors to customers. The mix of merchandise is eclectic.

“I’ve got everything,” Glaspie said. “I’ve got every genre. I don’t focus on a particular thing. There’s a wide variety. The focus mostly is antiques, but my daughter-in-law (Vanessa Glaspie) works with me and we repurpose a lot of things. We do some painted furniture. She’s an artist and she paints acrylic pictures. We have some handmade items like clothing and scarves and stuff made by my mom. My oldest son does garden art. He is a welder. He welds garden art things. We usually have that available in the summertime. It’s just a little bit of everything.”

Silk Purse Originals will also be offering a small selection of classic vehicles. Glaspie’s husband collects and restores them. A few are already on-site.

Despite the name, there is one item that is not in the inventory.

“I have no silk purses at all,” Glaspie said with a laugh. She said the name was inspired by the phrase “to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Making something wonderful out an item that at first glance might seem of little value is very much part of the game plan at her shop.

The store has six showrooms, each of which has a theme.

“We have a seasonal area,” Glaspie said. “Then we have a front room that has a primitive focus with old crocks and stuff like that. We have a kitchen room. We have a room that is stocked with bedroom items. And a mid-century room. And then there is the ‘project’ area.”

The “project” room is stocked with items with appeal to patrons who are motivated to give them the creative attention needed to turn them into something unique and truly special.

“So, if somebody’s looking for a project,” Glaspie said, “I’ve got a room full of items. We’ve got stuff where they can give it their own personal touch.”

Some of the items on sale elsewhere in the store are the result of restorations or re-imaginations by Glaspie and her family members.

She said that with the exception of the “project” items, which will need some loving attention by purchasers, the merchandise she sells is ready to take home and enjoy.

The inventory is in constant flux because the shop’s owner is always on the lookout for additional merchandise that will appeal to her customers.

“I go to auctions and estate sales,” Glaspie said. “I go to auctions about once a week. Sometimes people bring something in to me to see if it has any value and to see if I’m interested in buying it. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.”

The store does not take consignments.

The proprietor has a welcoming message for potential patrons.

“I want to make Silk Purse Originals a place where somebody can come in and they can purchase a piece of art that my daughter-in-law has made or an antique. I want to make it a place where somebody can find whatever they are looking for. … If people are looking for something in particular, I’ll try to find it. I’ll keep an eye out for it when I go to auctions. If I can find it, I’ll get it.”

The shop hasn’t been open long, but its owner said she is delighted by the community’s enthusiastic response to her new venture.

“It’s made me feel good that customers are finding it to be a place they are excited to be in,” she said. “We’re always brainstorming new ideas.”

Glaspie said she has found running this commercial undertaking to be a superb way to pursue her love of antiques.

“I get to acquire them and enjoy them for a little bit until they find a new home,” she said. “I love what I’m doing.”

Silk Purse Originals is closed Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday it currently is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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