By Allison Christensen
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Sherri Moore (known as Na-Na to her granddaughters) opened up shop on Central Avenue in Lester Prairie in April. After putting up new paneling, redoing the electrical, and rebuilding the counter, the store looks like new. Her shop is filled with antiques, furniture, clothing, and more.
“We have a little bit of something for just about everyone. We are working on our ‘man’ stuff,” Moore said.
Moore brings new items into her store every week. When she isn’t working, she is browsing garage sales, estate sales, and auctions for new things. In fact, Moore stated that the “treasure hunt” is her favorite part of running the business.
“I like being able to find something and give it back to you, so you can find it here instead of in a landfill,” she explained.
Moore accepts donations, but prefers to do consignment, which means people bring items into her store to sell. When the item sells, Moore and the owner of the item both receive part of the profit. Moore loves to listen to the stories people tell when they bring their items to the store. Every object has a story behind it that makes it special and unique. She loves to do research on an object to find out how old it is, and to appreciate the fact that it is still here today.
Another part of the job Moore enjoys is repurposing items. Her creativity really shows when she takes something most people would throw away and turns it into something completely different that people would like to buy. For example, Moore took an old end table, repainted it, flipped it over, put a cushion inside, and created a pet bed. She also converted Mason canning jars into soap dispensers, and made a corner shelf out of two old doors. Many of Moore’s creations are painted vibrant, fun colors that brighten up the whole room.
“I’m not a bland person; I like to jazz things up!” Moore exclaimed.
Moore particularly enjoys the small-town atmosphere of Lester Prairie. She has gotten to know many people since she moved here from Buffalo recently.
“The people have been very supportive,” Moore proclaimed. “It’s not often that you get to work at something you really enjoy. I think I’m really fortunate.”
Na-Na's Unforgettable Treasures is open for business in Lester Prairie
• Where 700 Central Ave.
• When Wednesdays, 4 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.