Mary Beth Filon, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, at her shop on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 in Akron, Ohio. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Pickers And Creators Find Nontraditional Ways To Sell Their Home Goods

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Akron Beacon Journal

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Becky Dunn is among a growing number of creative entrepreneurs who are plying the home-decor trade in nontraditional ways. They hold occasional sales, run businesses with odd hours or find other compromises that let them feed their need to hunt or create.

NORTH CANTON, Ohio

For a long time, Becky Dunn wanted a store where she could sell her vintage and upcycled goods.

There was just one problem: She couldn’t figure out how to do that and still have time for her passions, hunting for flea-market treasures and restoring and repurposing her finds.

“You can’t be at a shop and go picking and working in your driveway, sanding and welding,” she said.

Figuring out how to juggle all that took creativity. Luckily, that’s Dunn’s forte.

She is now the proprietor of Rust & Found, a North Canton shop that opens only occasionally. She calls her sales events, because to many of her customers, that’s what they are, special occasions they await eagerly.

Dunn is among a growing number of Northeast Ohioans who are plying the home-decor trade in nontraditional ways. They hold occasional sales, run businesses with odd hours or find other compromises that let them feed their need to hunt or create.

Dunn typically opens Rust & Found just three days a month and closes for all of January and February. That gives her time for picking trips with husband Chris and for her countless projects, creative undertakings like turning wine barrel rings into chandeliers, making mirrors from vintage tin and refashioning an old metal table by giving it a top and shelves from reclaimed wood.

For her, the business isn’t primarily about making money. She said she has yet to give herself a paycheck, choosing instead to plow her profits back into the business.

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