HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Oct. 31, 2005

Patchwork Cupboard has new stock every day

By Lynda Jensen

If character counts, then two sisters have it for sale south of Gary’s Family Foods in Dassel.

The new shop, owned by Donna Grochow of Dassel and Vicki Danielson of Cokato, is chock full of interesting items for sale that each have a unique personality of its own.

This might include painted furniture, kitchen linens, collectibles, knick knacks, new gift items, candles and any number of new or used items that have been given a new lease on life.

“We have something for every room of the house,” Danielson commented, saying that many of their items are weather resistant; painted for indoor or outdoor use.

The shop is a result of the sisters’ love of garage saling and attempts to be thrifty, Grochow said.

“We felt Dassel needed something. And our husbands got tired of things collecting at home,” Grochow said.

The stock changes every day, with some customers browsing on a regular basis just to see what has come in, Danielson said.

“There are a lot of one-of-a-kind things,” Grochow said.

The sisters are willing to repaint wood items such as shelves or furniture, although they do not restore items such as antiques.

Danielson’s favorite kind of items include country, vintage and things with warm colors, she said. She is the mother of five and does office work at Elim Mission church in Cokato.

Grochow prefers creative insights. She continues to work full time as an office manager at Holt in Cokato.

“People come in looking for occasional sales, items for college students, or new home buyers looking to fill corners,” Danielson said.

The twosome are grateful to their uncle, Gary Stanley of Gary’s Family Foods, who has helped them get their business off the ground. Stanley also owns the building they are operating out of.

“He’s been very accommodating and encouraging,” Grochow said.

The sisters have dreams to expand into machine quilting.

Their curtains are an example of the sisters’ creativity and prowess with a sewing machine. “It was a combined effort,” Grochow said.

Their hours are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who are interesting in coming in Sundays should call for an appointment.

The phone number contact is (320) 224-4266.

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