After operating a Rossville shop for three years, Andie Sellers has added a second location of her vintage and consignment store, Bettieville, on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Sellers’ Rossville shop is about 1,200 square feet and it’s packed, she said.
Her landlord suggested she look at adding another store on Martin Luther King Boulevard since the area is growing, with the recent addition of breweries, restaurants and other stores.
“I saw that little building that needed some love and I just grabbed it right up,” Sellers said of the 620 E. MLK Blvd. location. “It was perfect timing.”
She’s funded the new venture out of pocket and has no debt.
“Everything just fell into place,” she said.
The store carries a wide variety of items, and the main criteria are that the items are unique and locally made, Sellers said.
The store has everything from locally made jewelry and art to repurposed furniture and clothes.
“As far as clothes and shoes are concerned, I carry all styles,” she said.
Sellers gets some items from estate sales and storage units she purchases. She also takes donations.
Currently, Sellers is looking for more local crafters to sell at the MLK location, which she’s fallen in love with.
And she said her retail store is a good fit for MLK Boulevard.
Aside from the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults thrift store on the boulevard, the area hasn’t become a big shopping destination so far, she said.
“I feel like I got in just in time,” she said.
She also aims to add to the area’s atmosphere with events. There’s a grassy area behind her store where she wants to have pin-up contests, classic car shows and chili cook-offs. She also plans to use that space to allow local crafters a free place to set up and sell items.
“I’m all about supporting local business because I know how hard it is to make it,” she said.