Sherrie Schmidt proudly shows off her new western-themed consignment store, The Painted Pony.  PAULA VAGTS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Sherrie Schmidt proudly shows off her new western-themed consignment store, The Painted Pony. PAULA VAGTS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
After moving to Wykoff from their nearby farm, Sherrie Schmidt is proving you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl with her new store, The Painted Pony.

"I had been wanting to open a consignment store for about four years. So, when I heard these other two ladies (Mary Sackett and Ruth Peterson) were going to start again I thought maybe now was the time," she said.

And after finding the right location, Schmidt opened her store in mid-March.

The store blends her passion for horses and the outdoors with the thrill of finding unique items at a great price.

Step into The Painted Pony and you will find a little bit of something for everybody with clothing for all ages, jewelry, boots, home décor and, of course, horse tack.

"Everything in here has a western theme, but it's not all tack," she explained. "I have a little bit of everything in the store!"

Schmidt is able to show off her creative side with homemade décor and "blinged" out boots, while she is also able to highlight local talents.

"I have two women that are making great jewelry and one that is making pretty 'blingy' headstalls and another who makes things out of leather like chaps and leather pictures."

It is a family affair, too, with her sister selling canvas prints of her photography.

The new venture is a dream come true, but it can be a bit of a juggle as Schmidt is still working for Mayo Clinic as an IV technician three days a week, then spending much of her free time focusing on the store.

If you take a drive down Gold Street you will find it abuzz with businesses, new and old, settling in to their new homes, so Schmidt is hoping the community will support not just her establishment, but all the businesses in Wykoff by shopping local.

"Sometimes that's what people don't realize; if you don't go there and go buy everything in Rochester instead, then of course, these stores are going to close," she noted.

The Painted Pony will be open on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on her hours and her ever changing inventory check out The Painted Pony Facebook page.