Business owner Andrew Wohlhuter opened Vintage Point Artifacts in downtown Spring Valley on Nov. 23. He sells antiques, collectibles, vintage, retro and thrift items.
Business owner Andrew Wohlhuter opened Vintage Point Artifacts in downtown Spring Valley on Nov. 23. He sells antiques, collectibles, vintage, retro and thrift items.
What started out as a hobby has become a business for Andrew Wohlhuter of Stewartville who opened his antique and collectible shop in downtown Spring Valley on Nov. 23.

Vintage Point Artifacts, located at 123 S. Broadway, offers a wide array of antiques, collectibles, vintage, retro and thrift items. Wohlhuter said one can find both interesting and useful items throughout the store.

The 29-year-old started collecting items and selling them on eBay or Craigslist, just as a hobby in 2007. It was in May 2012, he noted, at the Spring Valley city-wide garage sales, that it became more than a hobby when a couple of finds led him to pursuing it more aggressively.

He initially started looking at the space in downtown Spring Valley as an area to store his inventory, which he noted, had started to fill up his basement. He was drawn to the available space because he likes the downtown district. Instead of just using it as storage and a workspace to sell items online, Wohlhuter decided to open to foot traffic.

For Wohlhuter, starting the business was something he put a lot of thought into. Friends helped him decide on the name for his business, which he noted is a play on vantage point.

The business owner said people have been pretty receptive to his store. "There's something for everybody," he added, noting what he finds most interesting about the items he sells is how they are still useful today and were built to last.

A few of the more interesting items one can find for sale are collector plates, turn-of-the-century frames, Red Wing crocks, glassware, pottery, 1874 landowner maps, lunchboxes, souvenir glasses, milk cans, collectible kitchen items, blue Mason jars, books and furniture. One can also find Christmas items in time for the holiday season, and these items will be discounted as the holiday nears, noted Wohlhuter.

He also really enjoys music and in addition to the items out front, plans on having a "thrift book and record nook" in the back corner of the store in the future. There will be stools available for customers to sit down and spend time flipping through the albums that will include works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Monkees and numerous other classic rock albums. He has some albums for sale currently.

Wohlhuter said he obtains most of his inventory from local and regional auctions. He also has purchased items by meeting with people.

What he is most looking forward to as a new business owner in Spring Valley is getting to know the community and its residents. "Everyone has been super nice," he added.

Vintage Point Artifacts is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wohlhuter is planning a grand opening for January, which is still tentative, but noted he hopes to have more set hours after this event. As for now, he noted, "If I'm here, the (open) sign is on and you can come on in."

For more information about the store, one can find it on facebook or check out its eBay listings at http://stores.ebay.com/Vintage-Point-Artifacts.