At Knick Knacks we are proud our vendors and the unique talents they bring to our store. Each month we will highlight a vendor, their merchandise and why they love what they do!

A Conversation with Dana Jones, Owner of Dana’s Jewelry Boutique and The Teacher’s Booth

How long have you been with Knick Knacks?
I have been at Knick Knacks since it opened its doors 30 years ago. However, I did take time off in between to care for my husband. I returned in 2008 and have been here ever since.

What inspired you to open booths at Knick Knacks?
I have worked in the retail business my whole life. However, my hobbies were always doing all kinds of crafts, sewing, painting, making dolls and teaching quilting. I have been sewing since I was 9 years old, and I also made my children’s clothing. I decided to turn my hobbies in to my business.

What items do you sell?
I have two booths at Knick Knacks. One is women’s accessories such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, wallets and gift bags (from my love of retail). The other is a Teacher’s Booth, which is my other passion, my handmade crafts. The Teacher’s Booth carries as wood signs for teachers of every grade, principals, school nurses and counselors, librarians even bus drivers. I have pencil holders, boxes, apples, rulers and so much more.

What do you like about owning your own business and having your store at Knick Knacks?
What I like about working at Knick Knacks, since I have been here so long, is the relationships I have with my longtime customers. Since I am here every day, form new relationships and friendships with new customers. Another benefit of coming in often to check on my inventory is that it keeps me busy and gives a chance to visit with the other vendors and staff. We are like family, and we look out for each other. The new owners have also made so many positive changes in the last few years. I just love being at Knick Knacks.