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Kremmling: Artist finds new life in antiques

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Marcia Blevins and her husband, Dave, were working as a waitress and a cook in Fraser when they decided it was time to do “something a little more grown up.”

In 1999, Dave went to work as a carpenter and Marcia, who had always wanted to open an antique and collectibles store, began leasing a space under the Hotel Eastin in Kremmling.

“We love it over here,” she said. “It’s real laid back.”

Within just a few months, she knew that she would outgrow the space, and out of her front window she would gaze longingly at what was the old Ramona Theatre building.

The structure had no business in it at the time and although it was very run down, and she knew it would be a huge undertaking, she loved the idea of moving into the space.

The couple purchased the building a year later and worked together to open the Junk Trunk antique store doors a month after that. Blevins said it took another six months to renovate the upstairs apartment, in time to move in for Christmas that year.

“What a great spot,” she said about their new home. “Living over my store is what makes it so great – no commute and only one mortgage payment.”

Blevins grow up in southern California.

Her dad, a plastering contractor, and her mom were avid antique collectors.

Her own interest in antiques grew after the family moved to Missouri, where they owned a store she would work in on occasion. Her parents would refinish furniture that arrived.

Blevins said she doesn’t refinish pieces, but rather distresses and paints “pieces that are beyond refinishing.”

“I prefer to rescue a piece that is otherwise slated for the dump and making it a treasure,” she said. “I can’t let anything go to waste. It’s the ultimate form of recycling.”

Blevins is inspired by her mom, an oil painter, and by any other artist who can “take something old, and that’s what I do, and give it new life.”

Blevins likes to create utilitarian objects out of things created for other purposes – like a lamp shade out of a milk bucket, an entertainment center that was once a buffet, coat racks from old wooden skis or a picture frame from an old window.

“The possibilities are endless,” she said. “It is great fun and I do it all right in my shop. I’ve had no formal training; it is just in my blood – something I feel the need to do.”

Once Marcia and her husband settled into their new life in Kremmling, they started traveling. Family visits were, “of course, shopping trips,” and Blevins continues to frequent other antique stores and flea markets.

With a great deal to know about antiques, she also continues to study the field. She pointed out to her husband the other night that she has more than eight years in the business under her belt, plus all her years growing up around antiques, so she “must have my master’s in junk by now.”

As the Junk Trunk continues to evolve and grow, Blevins looks forward “to many more years in this exciting business of antiques and art.” Beyond contemplating a Web site, she doesn’t plan for too much change at the store. She’ll continue to “dumpster dive” for potential pieces and enjoy her other passion for old American pottery.

For other collectors out there, Blevins said not to worry about knowing all the facets of antiquing or “junking.”

She said, “If it makes you happy, buy it.”


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