New downtown business carries upcycled items

Out with the new and in with the old.

That could be the motto for Franklin’s newest downtown shop, Trinkets N Threads.

The shop’s cozy, homey location at 251 E. Jefferson St. is filled with handcrafted, upcycled and repurposed furniture, home decor, jewelry and a variety of other items.

Owner Amy McCrory doesn’t just carry upcycled items, though. She teaches customers how to create them themselves.

In a workshop in the back, McCrory plans to host classes that teach people how to create popular crafts, including chalk painting, wreaths and mason jar containers. These classes typically cost about $40 with supplies included.

The classes will be held about three to four times per week after the holiday season. The shop can also schedule private parties. Those interested can send the business a message on Facebook, or call McCrory at 317-412- 2091.

The business may be new to Franklin residents, but it’s been in business for almost a year.

Trinkets N Threads was originally located in her hometown of Shelbyville, Indiana.

“I was trying to stay where I was at, but the rent was just outrageous,” she said. “My new landlord in Shelbyville was more than tripling my rent … and I was paying utilities, so I just couldn’t stay.”

One of her four regular vendors, Tagalong Farms, asked McCrory if she would be interested in sharing her business space in Franklin.

McCrory toyed with the idea of having two locations, but decided the pressure of two businesses would have been too much.

“I thought, ‘You know, I just want a simpler life,’” McCrory said. “I don’t want the stress. I don’t want to be running back and forth.”

But McCrory said being the single owner of one shop is still difficult. Last weekend, she had to enlist the help of her 15-year-old son to work her booth at a craft fair, while McCrory stayed at the store for the annual Downtown Franklin’s Holiday Open House.

The other downtown businesses, however, have gone out of their way to welcome Trinkets N Threads to the area, McCrory said. They even gave her flowers and gifts.

“On my opening day, almost every single one of my neighbors either closed their business or had someone watch their business to come in and say, ‘Congratulations. We’re glad you’re here,’” she said. “It’s wonderful. It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘If I don’t succeed, they’re not succeeding.’”

Trinkets N Threads is close to the thick of the current Jefferson Street construction, but McCrory said she hasn’t noticed it affecting her business.

“The construction isn’t bad,” she said. “The community gets it. They get what it’s about and what it’s for. They get that change is needed. It’s needed for the growth.”

McCrory said she is committed to providing good quality pieces for reasonable prices for both her vendors and the “wonderful” Franklin customers.

“This is so great,” she said. “Franklin really has become a destination.”

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Leigh Durphey is the copy chief for The Franklin. She is an English and secondary education major with a multimedia journalism minor. She’s committed to various English-related activities on campus, including the role of president of the English honorary society Sigma Tau Delta. In her free time, Leigh enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her dog, Bear. This is Leigh’s fourth year in a leadership role on staff. She previously held the executive editor position.

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