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Sharon Holder celebrates
10 years of helping treasures find new homes

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By Theresa Nysetvold

 

Sharon Holder, owner and operator of Homeless Treasures in rural Tracy is celebrating ten years of retail success at her home on the farm.  Affectionately called “The Junk Lady”, this business savvy entrepreneur has unending fun buying, displaying and selling antiques, furniture and unique items.  For ten years she has worked hard to build her successful seasonal business and she can’t imagine slowing down.

 

“I opened on June 11, 2011 with just one building filled with my own things I had collected,” explained Sharon.  Since that time, she has added more displays outdoors and added the pink shed and the white barn.  She shops rummage sales, auctions and estate sales to add to her inventory, carefully choosing items people are most interested in buying.  “I know some people are frustrated when they want to sell me their beautiful things, but some items like glass just don’t sell,” she said.  “I buy frugally and keep to the middle ground.  I don’t have anything here for more than $300.”  Sharon has an artist’s eye for displays and with her inventory turning over fairly quickly she moves her items around every three to four weeks. “I have eyes and ears everywhere,” she laughs.  “People call me up when they see something they think I would like or hear of a good sale.  I also help people when they are considering an estate sale.  It’s just so overwhelming and I can offer suggestions.”  

 

Hidden Treasures is worth the drive simply for enjoying the nostalgia of old, loved household items and equipment, but so much of the experience is visiting with Sharon while you browse.  She is a bundle of enthusiasm and she sincerely loves to meet people, share her rural home and inspire others to find beauty and purpose in vintage goods.  The summer of 2020 was challenging for her business, but overall she felt people were happy to be outside shopping in a safe space.  This year she is looking forward to even more activity and she is prepared and waiting to celebrate a decade of fun!  The best place to keep up on her inventory and special events is the Homeless Treasures Facebook page.  Sharon frequently posts pictures, updates and hours and she can be contacted through Facebook Messenger.  Homeless Treasures is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May through September, and by appointment.  She accepts cash or checks, but not credit cards or Venmo.  The address is 1964 230th Ave, Tracy, not far from Breezy Barn.  Google Maps isn’t a completely reliable resource, and Sharon is working to address that issue.  But don’t give up the search!  Give her a call and follow the signs - you won’t be disappointed!

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community gives generously

Baylor’s Bash this past weekend, May 22nd raised over $18,500 for the family. Pictured here are Jenny & Scott Ellenbecher of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery presenting the check to Tyler Scotting and Stormi Vanden Bosch, Baylor’s parents. 

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Baylor’s Bash this past weekend, May 22nd raised over $18,500 for the family. Pictured here are Jenny & Scott Ellenbecher of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery presenting the check to Tyler Scotting and Stormi Vanden Bosch, Baylor’s parents. 

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