Rustic Attic in Brush, Colo., brings old-fashioned service to modern way of life
October 7, 2016
When Julie Elarton opened her unique home furnishings store in Brush, Colo., her goal was simple. She wanted to give her customers old-fashioned service while providing them with a selection of unique country items with a modern flair.
The store, which is housed in the Brush Livestock of Colorado salebarn, has new, used and repurposed home décor. The salebarn is located at the intersection of I-76 and Highway 6.
"Our customers come from various places," Elarton said. "It is amazing how many people will pull off the Interstate to check out our business. Our customers are those looking for unique and quality used items with a rustic, western theme."
Most of the items in the store fit that theme.
"I don't believe we carry much from New York City, although, we do have a nice set of antique Indian bookends from the World's Fair in 1930," she said. Elarton carries many Native American items, including Cedar Mesa pottery and Native American handcrafted art from the Four Corners area. "There is pottery available for any occasion and budget, and the hand-carved items are especially impressive."
When customers walk through the door, the first thing many notice is the custom-made log furniture displayed throughout the store.
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"We are the northeast Colorado dealer for Rustic Log Furniture. This furniture can be custom ordered, and many different options are available," Elarton said.
She also makes rope baskets from used up lariats, and decorates those with unique flower arrangements. She crafts and sells several different scents of soy candles, which are longer burning than traditional candles. Other items include metal art, Native American pottery, rugs and assorted housewares. Although many items are new, some are antiques and collectives and others are unique, up-cycled items.
"We also repurpose many items here at the store, and have even given classes in chalk painting and other methods to assist our customers in this area," Elarton said.
Since opening in May 2015, Julie said she has enjoyed meeting her customers the most.
"We enjoy the interactions with the customers," she said. "Many of them know more about the antique items than we do, so we get to learn from them, and then we get to share that knowledge with the newer generations. The new items we carry are those we use in our home, and were impressed with enough to become a dealer so we could share what we find has worked well for us.
"Having new items daily or weekly allows me to move displays around to create new ideas. It has been great for my husband, since I don't do it as much at home now." Her husband is semi-retired, and the Elartons moved to Colorado from Alaska. She opened the store because she didn't want to make the daily commute to Denver to continue her corporate career working for Alaska Air. The couple has five daughters, so finding help for the store isn't an issue, Elarton said.
When she opened the store, Elarton knew of several artisans she had previously conducted business with that were more than happy to sell their wares in the store.
"We also find new vendors by internet, vendor shows or by referral from our known vendors and customers," she said. "Our used items come from several local pickers, and myself, as we travel frequently."
As Elarton acquired more items for the store, she became limited on space at her original location. This new location has more floor space, which will allow her to show off some of the items that she had stored.❖