Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 4, 2004

Different theme every month at 'The Hog Shed'

By Ryan Gueningsman

What do you get when you have a creative mother and daughter team, and an old hog shed?

You get “The Hog Shed,” which is quickly becoming a haven for antiques, crafts, and collectors of all kinds. It bills itself as “A seasonal shop with cottage collectibles and flea market finds for home, garden, and you.”

Claire Baxter and her daughter, Katie Myler, decided to pursue Baxter’s lifelong dream of owning her own business recently when they established The Hog Shed, just north of Lester Prairie on McLeod County Road 1.

The two renovated a hog barn on Baxter’s property, painting its walls, putting shutters on the exterior, and doing other things to make the building more unique. Baxter even sponge-painted the floor brick.

Open one weekend a month, Baxter and Myler’s goal is to make the building look different each month.

For its first month in September, the building had an “apple and sunflower theme, while next month will be pumpkins to get people in the mood for fall,” Baxter said.

“There is hardly anything that isn’t for sale,” Baxter said about items seen in and around The Hog Shed.

“We want to show lots of ideas that people can buy here or do in their own homes,” Mylar said. She also added that she and her mother do custom floral arrangements, and have a line of bath soaps and many different lamps.

“It’s really a whole mixture of different things,” she said.

Baxter and Mylar hope to eventually expand their operation into the southern portion of their existing building, and are always on the lookout for unique items at estate sales, flea markets, and auctions that they can take and add their own touches to.

The two have gift certificates available, and are planning to be open this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 7-10. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

The Hog Shed will also be open in November, but, more than likely not December or the rest of the winter due to the lack of a heating system in the building.

For more information on items at The Hog Shed, call (320) 395-2043.

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