While the holidays, from preparations to celebrating, look different this year, they can still be amazing. Marion County is full of options for making the season special and for acknowledging loved ones. The Free Press is hoping to bring readers some ideas and places they maybe haven’t thought of in order to help them plan.
If shoppers have people who are hard to shop for or those who they want to give something more personal than a gift purchased in a big box or online store, Marion’s TC What Not Shop could be just the store they need.
“We mostly just get passersby or lake people. Many local people don’t shop here because they think it’s the Marion mini-mall and that it’s dirty. We have been here for 14 years, and many people I know haven’t been in here,” owner Theresa Carroll said. “Then, when people do finally come in, they can’t believe how much we have and how nice it is.”
According to the accurate description on Facebook, “We are an eclectic mix of old, new and handcrafted items. Antique mall specializing in glassware, linens, furniture and collectibles, farm industrial, books. We also offer a variety of home decor such as candles, incense, oils and burners, pictures, quilts, cards, KU/KS items. Various clothing, jewelry and purses are also available. Beautiful yard decor. We also carry handcrafted items. There are booths for men with fishing, motorcycle, tools and tons of other ‘guy’ stuff.”
Needless to say, there is something for everyone. And it is always changing.
“We work really hard to get new stuff in and different stuff,” Carroll said.
And many of the prices are very reasonable.
“One of our vendors has a beautifully decorated full-size tree with a tree skirt even, all for $35,” Carroll said.
One shopper, who wished to not be identified, was able to purchase several unique gifts for “difficult-to-buy-for sisters” by way of vintage ornaments and multiple stocking stuffers for $27.06.
“I just came in on a whim and knocked out some of my list for far less money and got far better stuff than I would have at Walmart or anywhere else. And I never left the county,” the shopper said.
And if locals aren’t looking to spend money but need to make some, they can rent a booth at the store and sell their own items.
“We are full right now, but I like to keep a list of potential people so if I do have an opening, I can contact them,” Carroll said.
TC What Not Shop is open every single day of the year—even Christmas and New Years’—from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The store is located at 901 E. Main St. in Marion (the bright green building), and the number is 620-382-2014. They also have a Facebook page.