Dozens of people attended the opening of a new business in downtown Webster City on Wednesday.
SOS Vintage, located at 707 Second Street, saw visitors stop in from the street and others who traveled from Fort Dodge and other surrounding communities for an open house. Those who attended had a chance to browse and buy items at the store, which range from vintage furniture to salvaged lockers, windows, license plates and much more. That selection is always changing, according to owner Denise Smith.
"We find new items all the time," she said. "We've had several walk-ins this morning that brought items in that we purchased on the spot."
SOS Vintage owner Denise Smith cuts a ribbon to mark the opening of the business on Wednesday morning. The business, located in downtown Webster City, will offer custom-made furniture in the near future. Smith said her long-term plans include using the upstairs portion of the building as retail space.
Those items included an enamel washtub, some Queen Anne chairs and a marble side table. In addition to accepting items that are brought in, Smith said she will also check out items off-site. Those looking to sell large items, but are unable to bring them to the business, can contact Smith to arrange a meeting.
Finding and buying these antique, vintage and salvaged goods is exciting for Smith. However, the story of those items might not end with a transaction. Finding new uses for some of the things that enter her shop is half the fun for Smith.
"When we find an item, I love to look at its color, its shape, dimensions and its texture and think about how I can re-imagine it," Smith said. "If you see a piece that really speaks to you, my advice is, find a new way to use it and incorporate it into your home or dcor."
When Smith looks at an antique metal drum in her store, she thinks about how it could be used as a coffee table or a floor lamp. In the store's bathroom, Smith took an antique door with an oval window and had a mirror placed in it for use at the sink.
"We love to not only provide you with the finished product, but to also provide you with pieces you can make your own finished product with," Smith said.
SOS Vintage will be among over 50 vendors at JunqueFest in Webster City this weekend. In the future, Smith said she hopes to expand the business to include retail space in the upstairs area of the building. She said the business will also be selling custom furniture in the very near future.
"We're so pleased that our journey has brought us here," Smith said. "We went from a conversation with Deb Brown on a park bench that I built in Gilbert a year ago to being here. So, this is the fruition of a dream for our family. We're very, very excited to be here."
Normal hours for the business are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or inquiries about purchasing or selling items, contact Smith at (641) 751-5952.