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Senator Katrina Shealy opens consignment store in Lexington

Lexington, SC (Angelica Iglesias) – Leola’s “this & that” Antiques and Consignment opened Thursday, June 8 on 125 Wilson Street in Lexington. Senator Katrina Shealy opened the little gift shop to give the Red Bank area a more upscale antique experience.

The store is a house Senator Shealy and her family have owned for many years, but until now, had always been rented out to tenants. Just about everything you see in the house is for sale from the lamps in the kitchen to the soaps in the bathroom. Although the store is filled with trinkets that catch the eye, it is not cluttered at all.

Every item in the store has its own place, but that does not mean that it will stay in that place. Every week and sometimes every day, the store is rearranged. Senator Shealy’s family is her only staff and helps with arranging the items. She has nieces that love interior design and get a kick out of coming in every day to move things around to keep the place new.

Senator Shealy has been collecting antiques for years and they seemed to begin to take up too much space in her actual home. Many of the items in the store were once a part of this collection. Now, they especially help to keep the store fresh. Every week, she pulls out new items from her collection to add to her inventory. Every time you go to Leola’s, you are guaranteed to see a different store than you did before.

Retail has always been in the back of Senator Shealy’s mind because her parents were both in the business. Once the last tenants moved out of the home, she decided she was finally going to open her own store. Antiques have always been a hobby that she enjoyed, so she decided to share this passion with the community she already devotes so much time to serving.

Once that was decided, Senator Shealy needed to come up with a name. She knew she wanted something different from her name or someone in her family’s name. She remembered that the original owner who built the house was a woman named Leola and just thought it was a beautifully fitting name for the store. She bought the home from Leola’s family after she passed away, and when they found out that the senator named the store after Leola, they were overjoyed.

Senator Shealy is obviously a very busy woman who stays in session during the week. Therefore, Leola’s is only open Thursday through Saturday, but it makes for a great weekend shopping destination. She also offers the best consignment deal around; you make 75 percent, and she only takes 25 percent. Most other consignment stores keep about 40 percent.

“This is really just a hobby for me. I’ve always loved antiques, and now, I love sharing that with the community, but I still have to pay the light bill,” Senator Shealy said about her great consignment deal.

When you walk into Leola’s, you immediate smell something clean and refreshing. The scent is handmade soaps that she sells from a woman who makes them in Batesburg. Scattered around the store are painted Mason jars that the senator makes herself. She is even selling paintings that patients at the Department for Mental Health create. She really has everything from beautiful furniture to antique clocks to vintage clothing. Her prices are more than reasonable with every item seeming like a deal.

Leola’s “this & that” is a great place to get a gift for someone or just find something neat for your own home. They are open Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visits by appointment only can be arranged Sunday through Wednesday online on their website at www.shopleolas.com.

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