New home decor store opens in Marion



Shoppers looking for vintage home decor might want to visit the recently opened Red Fox Cottage at 626 E. Main St., Marion.

Nyla Sawyer, the store?s owner, along with her daughter, Jennifer, and grandson Nile, 12, recently moved to Marion from Oxford, a small town southeast of Wichita.

?After retiring as a librarian in Oxford (my daughter and I) were wanting to make a change, and Marion had a lot to offer,? she said.

Prior to working as a librarian, Sawyer owned an antique store and restaurant in Oxford, and prior to that ran a bed and breakfast in Arkansas.

Over the years, she has collected a lot of antiques and said she needed something to do in retirement. Opening a small business in Marion seemed like a good fit for her family.

?My brother, Dennis, lives in Wichita, and he retired about the same time I did,? she said. ?He also wanted something to do in retirement, so he travels around doing estate sales and we love having him buy antiques for us.?

Jennifer said her son likes Marion?s school system, and she said her family agrees the people are friendly and helpful.

When the Sawyers decided to combine their two households, they purchased the yellow house, which is now Red Fox Cottage, and the house to the east as their home.

According to Jennifer, the yellow house was built in 1949 and originally was a doctor?s office.

Because the house that serves as their business isn?t too big, Nyla said, they don?t carry a lot of big furniture items.

?We carry a lot of glassware like Limoges, Wedgwood China, depression and carnival glass,? she said.

The store also has complete sets of dishes and flatware, and smaller furniture such as ottomans, tables, magazine racks and seasonal items.

?In the spring and summer,? Nyla said, ?we had outside garden decor and little tables for outside patio areas or screened-in porches, wheelbarrows, planters and pots.?

Nyla said the store tries to keep prices affordable.

?Our prices range from $2 up to the hundreds of dollars,? she said. ?We try to have something for everyone, especially now in this (tougher) economy.

?People ask us to look for things, too,? she added.

In addition to glassware, Nyla said they have antique prints and frames from the 1940s and 1950s and McCoy pottery. The store also will have some toys around Christmastime.

When people visit an antique store, she said, they normally come in because they know what they want or to evoke childhood memories.

?We encourage people to come in, whatever the reason, and see what we have,? she said. ?We try to have a little bit of everything.?

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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