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.
Itâ€™s safe to say, this lady knows â€śgreat junkâ€ť when she sees it.
â€śIâ€™m addicted to junking,â€ť Granville says modestly. â€śWhen I first started I had a booth in an antique mall and it wasnâ€™t long before I ended up buying the business.â€ť
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 â€śold enough to crawlâ€ť having been born and raised on the coast.
â€śItâ€™s like finding agates,â€ť Granville muses on antiquing. â€śItâ€™s the allure of the hunt, searching for and finding that perfect item.â€ť
Granvilleâ€™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.
â€śRight now, Iâ€™m trying to see what people want out of this store,â€ť says Granville. â€śI want customers to help guide me so I can carry more of the vintage wares and antiques they are looking for. Weâ€™ll see what goes well here.â€ť
Admittedly, Granville says her home is a lot like her businessâ€”sheâ€™s surrounded by old things. Sheâ€™s particularly partial to goods from the 1930s and 40s. Like many with her passion and profession, she realizes thereâ€™s something about antiques that stands the test of time.
â€śYou just appreciate the craftsmanship and the artistry,â€ť 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.