Heidi Schanz doesn’t put items in her store to sell that she wouldn’t display in her home.
That makes for a nice mix of items for sale at Souvenir, her new venture at 13700 Madison Avenue.
But don’t go looking for typical antique store finds at her store.
Schanz is admittedly picky.
“I do more decorative stuff, not the stodgy, collector kind of thing,” she said. “I go for the look and feel of things.”
“I look for stuff all over the place and I try to buy what looks interesting,” she added.
The items for sale in Souvenir range from high-end classic furniture and vintage clothing, to 100-year-old ivory pool balls carved from the tusks of African elephants.
There’s also jewelry and other vintage stuff Schanz likes.
Schanz said her parents were collectors, noting that it may have rubbed off on her.
“I’ve been involved in this, one way or another, for 30 years,” she said.
The colorful store offers the creative outlet Schanz has been searching for. The store opened last week at 13700 Madison Avenue in the space most recently occupied by Beyond Basic Blinds.
Schanz, a Lakewood native, prices the items in the store based on condition and rarity.
“Age is not a major factor, because there is some old stuff that is in crummy condition and was mass-produced,” she said.
Customers can stop by during the holiday season from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The store close on Monday and Tuesday.
Check back with the store — at 216-533-5228 — after the holidays, when the store hours will slightly adjust.
Or call to schedule an appointment.