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Christy Bemrose (left) talks with Amy Overlin of Monmouth Oct. 31 about decorating Overlin's new photo studio with vintage and antique items from "The Find."
November 05, 2013
MONMOUTH — With the opening of her new shop, The Find, two weeks ago, Christy Bemrose is trying to join in the vibrant resurgence of downtown Monmouth.
Growing up in Monmouth, Bemrose remembers riding her bike around downtown with friends and visiting Crider's Department Store.
When she came back from college in Idaho, though, Bemrose noticed there weren't many shops downtown anymore, like when she was a kid.
"We rode our Big Wheels up to Tom's Café, Crider's and Ben Franklin's," Bemrose said. "When we came back a few years ago, I got this soft spot in my heart for the college kids. I really just wanted to create a fun space for people to go."
The Find is half clothing store, half vintage/antique store, but it's all fun and it's all for sale — almost all.
In a nod to the downtown she knew growing up, Bemrose uses part of the old Crider's counter as her own.
Bemrose's husband Bodie — real estate developer and the building's owner — fashioned a few industrial carts from the 1930s and 40s he found in a barn as clothing racks.
Though The Find has only been open for two weeks, Bemrose has already gotten a steady stream of customers, maybe even a few regulars.
"There's one lady that's come in every day. She's bought something almost every time, too," Bemrose said. "I've had college kids and a lot of elderly ladies in the community. It's really been a mixture."
Bemrose was prodded by her six sisters to open the shop.
Being as close as they are, the sisters would share and rotate clothes growing up and even as they got older.
"We all love to find and repurpose and re-create things," Bemrose said. "It's fun finding pieces that someone else was tired of and slapping some paint on them or some new fabric. It gives them new life."