— Tucked inside a house on Beecher Road, The Little Red Hen Resale Shop offers its customers a wide variety of household items, all while not breaking the budget, since opening a year ago.
Initially, the store was started by LACE (Ladies Aimed for Christian Endeavors) to help Valley Christian Academy in Burton. When the school closed, the idea to have a resale store remained.
“The house was donated by Dr. (Anthony) Pavone,” said co-director Vicky Wilson, who oversees the store with co-directors Sandi Alex and Jackie Walker. “He ran his practice out of here until he retired.”
Despite being a former doctor’s office, The Little Red Hen does not blend in with its surroundings. A big, red mailbox serves as a beacon for customers, along with a sign displaying the store’s name. And how did the store get its name?
“We ran a contest to name it, and it seemed like the same people were always giving ideas,” Wilson said. “One day, we (the ladies) were here, cleaning the floors and someone said ‘We ought to just call it The Little Red Hen.”
Upon entering the front door, customers are treated to a unique, shopping experience. Each room of the house is decorated with items to reflect its use. For example, the dining room showcases a dining room table and china while a bedroom hosts a bed, dresser, linens and wall art. Other rooms in the store include a craft room, kids room and living room – all stocked with items for sale. Beds range from $20-50 and if available, include a mattress.
The majority of the items for sale are donated, and Wilson said the store is always looking for more. Once the store receives a donation, the item is repaired, cleaned and/or repainted before a price tag is attached. Along with used items, Wilson said many donations have never been used.
“It’s amazing the amount of things that are brand new,” she said. “We try to make it very affordable.”
In addition to affordability, The Little Red Hen helps out members of the community in need. “We set up an entire household for a lady who was getting out of an abusive relationship,” Wilson said. “We set up an entire household for under $200.” Along with helping individuals getting out of abusive relationships, the store also provides decorated Christmas trees for families who would not have one.
Another unique aspect of The Little Red Hen is the fact that the store is ran solely by volunteers. “We have 12, part-time volunteers – all grandmas who volunteer their time,” Wilson said.
“Our oldest volunteer, Edna Beachum, is 94 and comes in every week,” Alex said.
While household items are the store’s main inventory, The Little Red Hen also offers childrens’ toys, purses, shoes, accessories and antiques, including collectible items from Vera Bradley, McCoy and Lenox. Donations are accepted during store hours; no clothing is accepted. All sales go back to run the store, along with helping out members of the community.
“It’s been a huge blessing, and we try to make it a blessing so people can get the things they need,” Wilson said. “We wanted to make it affordable. When times are hard, it blesses people.”
As a special, customers who bring in this article will receive 10 percent off their first purchase and five punches on their Little Red Hen punch card. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The store will open by appointment as well. Only cash and checks are accepted for payment.
Details: Call 810-820-1444 or visit the resale store, located at G-3410 Beecher Rd., west of Ballenger Hwy.