By Mackenzie Carmen
exeter–This summer has become the summer of new antique stores in Exeter, and Affordable Treasures is just one of the new business making a name for itself in Exeter. Now, after a few months of business, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the new antique store.
The owner, Twyla Donaldson took over the location from the original owners of Hollyhocks Gifts, another former antique store in Exeter. Ironically, Hollyhocks Gifts was a vendor in Donaldson’s first antique store location in Visalia for four years before she relocated to their former store location.
Donaldson’s first antique store in Visalia was Paris Flea Market. Donaldson said she was the owner of Paris Flea Market for 18 years before the City of Visalia rezoned the east side of Visalia to become a microbrewery. “[I] was kind of forced out, and they actually sold my business, and I guess are going to make it a winery now. So, I had to come and look for a new place,” explained Donaldson.
Donaldson wasn’t planning on making a career out of antiques, but instead fell into the trade. “I kind of just dropped into it. I was forced out of a government job and knew some friends that had Paris Flea Market, and I said ‘Well, if you’re ever interested in selling your store let me know,’” explained the new owner of Affordable Treasures.
While her business has only been open in Exeter since June 1, Donaldson is all smiles and is very optimist about her new business. Donaldson has been especially encouraged by the city of Exeter and it’s supportive residents. “Everybody here has been so friendly, so nice, so supportive, so welcoming. It’s been great. It’s totally different atmosphere that Visalia was getting to be,” said Donaldson.
The owner of Affordable Treasures who used to live in Exeter, said opening her antique store in the small town of Exeter has felt like “coming home.” Donaldson went on to say, “I’ve been welcomed with open arms. Everybody has been fantastic.”
While Donaldson admits there is some anxiety that follows her jump from Visalia to Exeter, she is enthusiastic to see how her business grows. Donaldson says that with all the support she has received, she believes her business will, “take off like crazy.”
The ribbon cutting will take place July 20 at 1 p.m. There will be art from artists in Paris that will be 50 percent off.