Name of business: The Thrift Store
Type of business: A unique antique store
Location: 1136 North Front St., Turlock
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Contact info: 206-1441
History of business: For many years, Ed and Jessica Larkins have shared a passion for antiques and unique items.
The duo’s love for antique merchandise grew over the years and sparked an interest to open up a thrift store and share their eclectic items with others.
“The items we have at The Thrift Store are not found in any other stores,” said Jessica Larkins. “It’s a treasure hunt when you visit our store.”
The Larkins each bring different elements to the store, which opened in November 2012. Ed, a scrap metal collector, has accumulated many antique items over the years.
“We have a wide variety of vintage items to entice collectors of every kind,” said Ed Larkins. “We have comic books, vintage clothing, and glassware of every kind.”
The business has been slowly booming, Ed and Jessica said, with an unanticipated rush of shoppers that has left the duo already in search for new treasures to meet demand.
“We’re trying to be unique for Turlock,” said Jessica.
Business specialty: The Thrift Store specializes in a stylish mix of vintage items that are usually unavailable in other thrift stores.
“We sell a lot of hardware appliances,” said Ed. “We offer tools, chainsaw and any other hardware materials.”
The Thrift Store also offers something not commonly found in any other store, Big Foot collector items.
“I’m a Big Foot believer,” said Ed. “Over the years I’ve collected posters and other materials associated with him. I will soon have one of Big Foot’s casts of his feet on display at our store and give our customers the opportunity to buy this one-of-a-kind artifact.”
The Thrift Store also accepts donations from local residents.
“We hope to be here for many more years,” said Jessica.