The holidays came early in Blackduck with the Oct. 29 opening of a new thrift and consignment store -- Bee Thrifty! Consignment and Thrift Store.
"We want to offer Blackduck and the surrounding area a clean, organized and fair priced way to shop," said owner DeeDee Knotts. "We also want to provide a way for people to sell their items and not have to do all of the work."
Knotts and her husband, Darin, decided to open the store in Blackduck because they liked the hometown atmosphere and the sense of community that it offered. The store, located on Hwy. 71 just south of Blackduck in the old Blackduck Hardware building, has a little bit of everything.
The store sells gently used items and new items purchased through wholesale.
"We accept all household items that work and are in good to excellent condition," said Knotts. "We also accept clothing and furniture," she said.
Customers can bring there items for consignment or donation during regular business hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Knotts said that some of their customers prefer to bring in items to donate to the store without doing consignment.
"We are currently leasing a portion of the Hardware Hank building from the Sparby's," said Knotts. "We occasionally visited the Hardware Hank store and knew of their closing. We loved the new building and knew it would be a perfect location for Bee Thrifty!"
This is a first venture into the thrift and consignment business for the couple. Their hope is to keep Bee Thrifty thriving and expand into the other portion of the building.
The couple moved from Grand Forks, ND a little over a year and a half ago. They have two teenage daughters, Randi and Ashlee.
"Our love for the outdoors was a big decision in moving to the area," said Knotts. "We love to fish as a family and go on ATV trips. We have a very close knit family."
"Our parents, Don and Beckie Thorson, and brother, Dave and his wife, Sandi Knotts and their son, Skyler, have tremendously helped us in getting Bee Thrifty open and continue to help us out," she said.
The Knotts are excited about becoming a part of the community and providing Blackduck with a new shopping experience -- just in time for the holidays!
Along with clothing, furniture and household goods, the store also has a wide variety of movies, video games, music, toys and more so stop in for some great holiday gift ideas and meet the Knotts. They look forward to meeting everyone in the area.