ELBURN – Elburn resident Kristy Simon said she knows the love that some people have for vintage items.
Simon, 34, in January opened Soaring Heart Vintage, a vintage and gift shop, at 1191/2 N. Main St. in downtown Elburn.
“In spite of the weather, the response has been good,” Simon said. “I opened up at a challenging time of the year.”
The store is an outgrowth of the vintage barn sales she started hosting out of her backyard two years ago. She said she “thought it would be fun to have sales once a month during the summertime.”
“I started having a following,” Simon said.
She has been an antique and vintage collector for several years. As a child, she would visit antique shops with her family.
“It was a hobby of my parents and my grandmother,” Simon said.
Her store is filled with a variety of items, from records to glassware to vintage jewelry. She discovers some of her treasures at garage sales. She said she will “go all over the place and see what I can find.”
She said she also tries to keep her prices reasonable. The majority of the items in her store range between $10 and $35, Simon said.
“I want to offer items that people can fall in love with but still afford,” Simon said.
During the winter season, Soaring Heart Vintage typically will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The store is closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Information is available by calling the store at 630-549-5164, or by visiting the store’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SoaringHeartVintage.