With the second wave of COVID-19 upon us, I have decided to bring back Small Business Sundays! Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need to support them however we can.
The Keeper’s Home is an online business based out of Spruce Grove. Shaylene finds new homes for pre-loved items; whether they are vintage, modern, or just something that has caught her eye, it goes home with her so she can clean it up and give it a second chance at making someone else happy.
“How it started I don’t really know. I think a lot of people, over the course of the pandemic, had a lot of time to figure out what really made them happy, and this is mine. Anyone who knows me can attest to this, that most things in my household (whether it be my clothes, décor, or furniture) I have gotten second hand.
Shaylene ships products internationally, she even had one silver piece make it’s way to Russia this fall, which was really exciting for her!
What is Unique About Your Business or What Made You Choose This Type of Business?
I think what is unique is that I get to remind people that new isn’t always better and sometimes a little elbow grease is all you need to show an items true potential!
What is Your Favourite Small Business (Aside From Your Own)?
That’s a tough one as I have few, Free Spirit makes beautiful jewelry as well as dream catchers, but I also love Rebel Broad Crew (was Eloeste The West); both businesses speak their truth and always keep it so raw and real with every aspect of life.
If You Had One Piece of Advice to Someone Just Starting Out, What Would It Be?
I’m sure this has been said time and time again, but just go with it. Yes, a set plan is usually necessary but sometimes just going with the flow of how things are presented to you can be fundamental in how you want your business to be.
What Are Your Long-Term Business Goals?
Long-term I would love to be able to continue what I do but from a store front setting. But, for right now, being able to do this still at home with my daughter while we are still growing our family has been so rewarding.
What Is Your Funniest/Weirdest/Most Memorable Experience With A Customer or Client?
I’d have to go with most memorable was a woman who came to the market I was at over Christmas and I had two vintage frames with flower prints in them. She picked them up and I thought she may start crying. Turns out her late mother had the exact frames and she only had one big one left that was in storage. She took them home and said she was planning to dig her mother’s out to display them. Seeing this woman be flooded with emotions just holding the frames was a reminder to me as to why I do this. It brings people joy and it gives them memories to hang onto a little tighter.
Thank you, Shaylene, from The Keeper’s Home, for participating in Small Business Sunday!