From clothes, to jewelry, knick-knacks and appliances all fill the tiny building located on the far side of the bridge in Superior. This ’n That is located at 104 River Street North and is closing its doors permanently on March 16.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the shop,” said owner, Leona Crichton, “I’m sad but at the same time I’m looking forward to what’s next.”
What’s next after running the consignment shop for eight years is traveling with her live-in boyfriend, Michael Smith. Leona was a truck driver for 41 years and has seen most of the United States, but Michael has not. They plan on hitting the road after she closes up and cleans out the shop at the end of March.
The shop opened after she lost her leg to a blood disease. Looking for a way to earn a living in the small town of Superior on a shoe-string budget she decided on the consignment shop. People brought in their used goods and hand crafted items for sale or they simply donated them, like a Good Will store.
Craft items received a 75/25 percent split and used items were a 50/50 split. She had moved into the area years ago after her husband passed away. Her daughter, Lisa Williams, who had also lost her husband, moved in with her. Eventually, her mother, Nona Crichton, joined the mother and daughter team after living in Maui.
It was her mother who came up with the name for the shop, which has kept Leona busy since 2011. Unfortunately, business has dropped off and she can no longer afford to keep it open. Problems began a few years ago when she was laid up for six months and then she had to cut back the shop hours to three days a week to take care of her aging mother who passed away last year.
Now, all products are on sale and the remaining items will go to the Little Bitterroot second hand store in Plains. But, Leona will be staying in the area and continue her volunteer work. “I like the attitude here, Superior is a very generous town. It’s a very kind community,” she said.
Leona currently is a corporate member on the Mineral Community Hospital Foundation Board, and has helped out with many local charities including the HelpLine, RSVP, and always helped out families in need with clothes or other shop items.
Another group she has been a long standing member of is the “Red Hat Ladies,” who recently changed their name to the “Hats of Many Colors Ladies.” Now that she has more time on her hands, she’ll continue her ferocious appetite of reading books as well as attend some events she’s had to miss in the past because of work, including the Meeting of the Clans annual Scottish event in Hamilton.
One item on her bucket list is to visit a castle which is from her family heritage, the Crichton Castle in Scotland. Leona is no stranger to travel abroad, since she and her mother used to travel extensively to far-away places like Italy, Greece, and China. It was on these travels where she picked up several pieces of jewelry, and she plans on having deck sales over the summer months where those pieces will be offered for sale. Which will simply be selling her wares off the large deck at her home.
For now, Leona is encouraging people to come in and shop. “It will be less stuff I have to haul up to Plains,” she said. There are plenty of items to shop for, with walls of all types of jewelry, adult, children and baby clothes, VHS movies, books, artwork, frames and much more. She will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 16, which is the date when she opened in 2011.