New 805 Vintage and Thrift opens Saturday
Long-time Atascadero residents open vintage thrift shop
Atascadero residents Steve Chavez and Jenni Shiers are taking a passion of theirs and turning it into a business — 805 Vintage and Thrift, located at 6035 Palma Ave. in Atascadero. The shop’s offerings will be made up of mostly vintage and upscale-thrift items with a few antiques. Chavez said that an antique is an item that is at least 100 years and in its original, unaltered condition. The new shop will open on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.
“We won’t have a lot that’s 100 years old,” Shiers said, though she added that she does have a few dolls older than 100.
The couple loves to find unique items at yard sales, estate sales, flea markets and through resale Facebook groups. Shiers said one of her favorite things is finding something that a friend has been looking for. The shop will sell mostly small furniture, household items, jewelry, art and other vintage/retro items.
“I was raised going to antique stores with my parents [Alden and Martha Shiers] so I developed a passion for antiques and old things from a young age,” Shiers said.
“I love the hunt,” Chavez added. “We get a lot of pleasure out of finding something cool and putting it where it belongs with a person.”
Chavez said that they go out and find nearly everything that they sell, but have started getting people approaching them with items they think Chavez and Shiers may be interested in. Though Chavez said they do not accept donations like most traditional thrift stores, they welcome people to contact them or stop by the store.
“We’re hoping that happens because we won’t have to go looking for it,” Chavez said. “We don’t want people leaving donations.”
Chavez said that their method of procuring items is of the old-school style of picking. “Before picking became television-popular,” he added. Though he said he and Shiers enjoy watching reality shows for the tips they glean, they now find themselves competing with 100 other people rather than 10.
Shiers’ family moved to Atascadero when she was 15, almost 30 years ago, she said. She graduated from Atascadero High School and her father served as mayor and an Atascadero City Council member. Chavez grew up in Santa Maria, but has been in the North County since 1995.
“My entire career with FedEx was in the North County,” Chavez said, adding that he started working for FedEx in 1990. He had routes in Atascadero for 13 years.
They are excited to have found the space they have, explaining that they wanted the shop to be located in downtown Atascadero because they have seen it grow and develop. Chavez said they plan to have their shop open as long as the community will have them.
To go along with downtown Atascadero’s growing art scene, Chavez and Shiers hired Cuesta College student Ty Hjortland of Paso Robles to paint their sign on the window, as well as to paint inside. Hjortland hand drew the sign onto a piece of paper and then taped it to the outside of the window and traced it as sun shone through the paper.
For more information, call them at (805) 460-6819 or stop by the shop between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily after it opens on Saturday, Nov. 1.