March 05--The Blackbird Box recently opened across from the old Arts United building on South Main Street in uptown Lexington.
The owner, Jenine Flitton, moved to Lexington from Michigan after her husband had back surgery and couldn't withstand the severe cold anymore. Before relocating to Lexington, Flitton sold her store of antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted items and really strange items, which she had named The Country Hen House. She packed all her merchandise in a 40-foot truck and transported it to Lexington where she opened her shop around the holidays.
"I just love reselling," Flitton explained.
Her merchandise comes from treasure hunts at yard sales, eBay and any other place she can find a good deal. When she relocated to Lexington she began looking for rental space, finding the perfect location just on the edge of uptown. While her store does have some vendors and she is looking for more, most of the merchandise is remnants of the truckload she brought down from Michigan.
Ever since her opening, the customer base has grown. Flitton said 50 percent of her customers come in looking for specific items while others see the new shop and just want to look around.
The store, named on a whim, provides Flitton an avenue to meet people and do what she loves best.
"I'm a people person. I love being around people, and I love wheeling and dealing, so this is perfect," Flitton said.
The Blackbird Box is at 223-A S. Main St. Contact information for the business is email@example.com and (517) 626-0008.
Rebekah Cansler McGee can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 228, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.