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Standing the test of time: A love for antiques

August 14, 2013

Wendy Granville amidst some vintage items at A Kick in the Attic Antiques.

A little change of pace. That was what Wendy Granville was looking for when she and her family moved from Anacortes to Kettle Falls last year. But when it came to finding a job, Granville returned to what she knows---antiques. She recently opened A Kick in the Attic Antiques, located at 235 E. 3rd Kettle Falls. The store features antiques (of course), vintage items and consignment. Many of the goods Granville brought with her from the antique mall she owned and operated in Anacortes for 17 years named Days Gone By.
It’s safe to say, this lady knows “great junk” when she sees it.
“I’m addicted to junking,” Granville says modestly. “When I first started I had a booth in an antique mall and it wasn’t long before I ended up buying the business.”
Toys, posters, furniture, glassware, games, books, tools---A Kick in the Attic has a bit of something for everyone. She also rents a space on consignment to Forget Me Not of Colville.
Even though Granville says she is not a collector, she enjoys searching for antiques and vintage items. She compares the experience to beach combing, something she has been doing since she was “old enough to crawl” having been born and raised on the coast.

Craftsmanship
and artistry

“It’s like finding agates,” Granville muses on antiquing. “It’s the allure of the hunt, searching for and finding that perfect item.”
Granville’s favorite places to hunt are the grounds of most antique aficionados---auctions, estate sales, garage sales, etc. Though so far, she says she has had quite a few walk-ins with items they want to sell. She also provides handmade gift cards and items under $10.
“Right now, I’m trying to see what people want out of this store,” says Granville. “I want customers to help guide me so I can carry more of the vintage wares and antiques they are looking for. We’ll see what goes well here.”
Admittedly, Granville says her home is a lot like her business—she’s surrounded by old things. She’s particularly partial to goods from the 1930s and 40s. Like many with her passion and profession, she realizes there’s something about antiques that stands the test of time.
“You just appreciate the craftsmanship and the artistry,” says Granville.
A Kick in the Attic is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. Check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JustaSmartyPants or call 738-7400.

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