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Consignment store offers old and new

By: Lien Hoang, Loomis News Correspondent
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When Cindy Peterson was 15 years old, she saved up all her money to buy her first antique a – carousel horse. More than three decades later, Peterson’s antiquing bug has culminated in a new consignment and antique shop in Loomis. The Horse and Buggy opened in September carries a little bit of everything, from vintage boudoirs to paintings by local artists. Peterson, who managed local and national jewelers for years, also offers contemporary jewelry. “It’s kind of an eclectic mix,” Peterson said. “That’s what I think helps us stand out from the crowd.” Some items in the shop are more than a century old, according to Peterson. Clients tend to value such antiques because their survival after so many decades is a testament to their caliber; others appreciate the individual hand-craftsmanship that went into, say, a soup bowl long before popular chain stores started cranking out salad spinners and DVD towers en masse. The nostalgia, Peterson said, stems from a general curiosity about national and cultural history, as well as from personal memories. “A lot of people are looking for things that remind them of their past,” she said. Peterson now lives in Auburn but chose Loomis for her store because she lived here for 10 years and believes the town values small business as much as she does. She occasionally scours garage and estate sales, but most of her inventory comes from her customers. Carolyn Innis, a retired nurse from Granite Bay, first visited the Horse and Buggy to feed her antiquing hobby, but soon turned to selling her own possessions at the shop. She then went a step further and volunteered to decorate the place. She creates what she calls vignettes, placing items together to give visitors an idea of how they would look in a domestic scene. “It’s more of an upscale place, with expensive things kept behind glass, plus dollar items,” Innis said. “There’s something for everyone.” Peterson also takes work from about 15 local artists, from her mother’s watercolors, to furniture that has been restored. One of those contributors is Kim Keehley, who said she finds old furniture, then refurbishes it. Keehley, a stay-at-home mom in Penryn, is starting a business to restore and decorate furniture and collaborates regularly with Peterson. Sometimes Keehley sells her finished products through the Horse and Buggy; other times, Peterson seeks her advice or asks her to repaint an old desk. “She prices to sell, she’s down to earth, she knows what people are looking for,” Keehley, 39, said of Peterson. “She’s knowledgeable at the market, on antiques and jewelry. I trust her. Now, I don’t tell her what price to give an item. I just have her do it.” While some consignment stores take 60 percent from a sale, the Horse and Buggy splits profits evenly with clients. “With the economy the way it is, I think a lot of people are looking for an outlet where they can get good value,” Peterson said. HORSE AND BUGGY WHAT: Consignment and antique shop HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday WHERE: 3793 Taylor Rd. PHONE: (916) 652-8800