If you’ve ever looked at the rusty tailgate of an old Ford truck and thought ‘this would make a delightful bench,’ then you have a lot in common with Revival owner Sarah Thompson, who will open her repurposed home goods store in Greensburg this weekend.
“Everything I sell is either a repurposed item or something old that would have ended up in a landfill,” said Thompson on Tuesday afternoon. “I try to turn things into something useful. I have a lot of different things. I have furniture that has been redone. I really like the repurposed side of it.”
Thompson, who has family ties in Coldwater, will bring her eclectic mix of furniture and home goods to a previously vacant street-level space inside of the City of Greensburg SunChips Business Incubator on Main Street.
The space had previously been occupied by German Eco-Block manufacture H.I.B. and a sign company.
Thompson had previously tried to open Revival in Liberal but was unsuccessful.
“I wasn’t having an easy time getting it started here, I tried but I couldn’t get everything to work out,” she said.
A conversation with Kiowa County Economic Development Director Dee Chandler and Ruth Ann Wedel of Greensburg Greentown prompted her to pursue Greensburg as a potential location for her flagship store.
“I’d been visiting with people in Greensburg about potential jobs because I was interested in moving to Greenburg. I love the way Greensburg has gone ‘green’ and the whole aspect of living there,” she added. “I started to make a few phone calls and that’s how I ended up in Greensburg.”
Thompson will live in her grandfather’s home in Coldwater until she can find a permanent home in Greensburg for her and her two dogs, Gabby and Josie.
Her grandfather, James Thomson lives at the Carriage House in Greensburg (Editors Note: James Thomson was one of the featured World War II veterans in the Nov. 9, 2011, edition of the Kiowa County Signal).
The store, which will sell a variety of unique items, will be the marriage of discarded everyday items with creative reinvention.
“I have some repurposed chandeliers made from bicycle wheels. I’ve made some benches from repurposed old tailgates I got from the landfill. My favorite things are old cake pans that I’ve turned into lamps. I think they are really neat and it’s something that could go into the kids’ room or any room in the house.”
Thompson said she is going to donate $5 from the sale of each lamp back to a yet-to-be-announced local entity.
Page 2 of 2 - Revival will officially open on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. as part of the Summer Soiree celebration in Greensburg.
“It is really exciting and pretty intense and I’m certainly nervous about it but I am excited to be part of Greensburg,” said Thompson. “I think the people have some tremendous resilience and determination. I love that they are thinking about green. I think my store is green but on a much smaller level, but I am proud to be a small part of the community.”
When asked where she would like to see her store a year from now, she said her commitment and success in Greensburg would be gauged by more than just receipts.
“I’d like to see growth,” she replied. I’d like to have been able to integrate myself and the store, as a part of the business community. I’d also like to be part of the Greensburg community. I love being involved in communities I am a part of.”
You can get a sneak peak at what Revival will offer in their new store at: Facebook.comrevivaldesigns