Sherry’s Handmade, a new consignment store showcasing Maine-manufactured arts and crafts, has opened in the Subway setting up in Damariscotta.
Sherry Resch opened the retail store at the beginning of February at 521 Principal St. It is in the very same area as the laptop assistance shop Salt Bay Computer system, which is owned by Sherry and her partner, Gary Resch.
Sherry’s Handmade has a a little bit various model than a common present shop. As a consignment retail outlet, artists hire a space to display their get the job done and pay a fee on just about anything that is offered, allowing for them to obtain exposure.
“I thought there’s so lots of talented artists domestically that I would like to advertise Maine-designed things,” Sherry Resch explained during an job interview on April 11.
There are at present 16 sellers highlighted – featuring every thing from household items and decorations, and paintings, to sea glass, goat soap, and wine bottle sleeves.
“We have a fantastic variety of objects created,” Resch reported.
Resch, who has labored with arts and crafts most of her daily life, explained she has noticed consignment stores related to hers and generally needed to create a place to showcase neighborhood artisans.
“It’s something I’ve always required to do,” Resch said. “I’ve often been crafty.”
Resch mentioned there is no individual craft that is her most loved, but she is extremely “thrifty” and enjoys attempting her hand at repurposing diverse goods.
“I just see something that I like to get the job done on and I check out to do it,” Resch stated. “I’m constantly saving items. I detest to throw anything absent.”
Some of the items in the store are manufactured by Resch, like shirt extensions and the wine bottle bags made out of shirt sleeves. She also is creating nameplates out of Scrabble tiles, some of which are remaining designed into personalised gifts for Trainer Appreciation 7 days at the commencing of Might.
Resch’s father will make hand-turned pens out of wooden or acrylic that are also available at the retail store.
A great deal of the featured artisans Resch by now had a relationship with and she invited them to be highlighted in the shop. Then she advertised her house on Fb Marketplace and was “overwhelmed with response.”
Company has been gradual-likely so considerably, but Resch expects it to decide up with holidays and graduations coming up, primary into the summer time period.
“For the most element all my cabinets are full and I’m waiting around for holidaymakers,” Resch reported with a smile.
Resch was born in Damariscotta and moved to Jacksonville, Fla., when she was 6 a long time previous. When in Jacksonville, Resch labored as a paraprofessional at a faculty and did some graphic artwork function.
She and her partner moved back to the location 6 years back and opened Salt Bay Computer system in the Damariscotta Center building in November 2020.
“My spouse and I resolved we essential a new commence,” Resch said.
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting isolation and amplified reliance on technological know-how led to a spike in enterprise and the require for a larger space. The shop moved uptown final December.
Resch said she is glad to be dwelling and is energized to move into a house in Damariscotta at the starting of Could.
“This is my town,” Resch said.
Sherry’s Handmade is found at 521 Main St., Damariscotta. For extra info, stop by Sherry’s Handmade Maine on Facebook or contact 563-6543.