Hidden Treasures in Darby will host four different local vendors each Saturday until Christmas as a local showcase providing a variety of shopping.
“The best little thing in Darby just got a little bit better,” said Juli Winthers, owner.
Hidden Treasures opened a year and a half ago and carries gently used home furnishings, unique and consignment items, and local artwork.
Winthers said every item is affordable.
“I tried to create a place I would like to shop - when I travel I love to stumble upon places like my shop,” Winthers said. “When you walk through the doors it isn’t just a reflection of what I like, but kind of a community store. Local artists might have four or five pieces, but not have enough to open a shop of their own; it all just blends in beautifully, and is nice and eclectic.”
Hidden Treasures sells water colors, oil paintings, acrylics, homemade aprons, repurposed furniture, etched glass, and a large assortment of other items.
“Something, literally, for everybody,” Winthers said.
She expanded the store to make space for Saturday vendors and Christmas shopping.
“This will help people who want to shop locally stay local, but get more variety,” Winthers said. “Darby has a lot of people who don’t like to make the trip to Hamilton, much less to Missoula. This gives them an opportunity to have a wide assortment of things to choose from.”
Hidden Treasures will have four different vendors each Saturday and still has space available.
“It is only $25 per space. I don’t take a percentage of sales, and I will try hard to make sure there are no repeats,” Winthers said. “Who wants to show up the day that four people who knit sweaters are there? So I will be finding out what people want to bring and make certain there is a variety.”
Winthers said she is most excited to include vendor Dixie Gapp from North Fork and items from her business The Red Sleigh.
“She does custom floral arrangements,” Winthers said. “I talked her into coming early so people who want centerpieces for the holiday can either look to see what she has or order something custom. I’ll be posting a few pictures on Facebook so customers can see all the fun pieces waiting to help decorate their holiday tables.”
Last December, Hidden Treasures held a student art show as a place to sell their creations.
“All the money is theirs,” Winthers said. “I’m just a place for people to come and shop, but all of the artwork and income is theirs. I’ll do it again this year in mid-December – watch for announcements. It was well attended last year and the kids made over $300.”
For more details call 360-9086, or find more pictures of what is in Hidden Treasurers on Facebook at “Hidden Treasures of the Bitterroots & Beyond.”
Winthers said she feels it is important to be involved in the community and she tries to incorporate local students whenever she can.
“The Darby High School shop class made my sign, which is a piece of art in itself,” she said. “Last summer I had a high school student helping me, I hope she will do it again this summer because I absolutely loved having her here.
"I feel really blessed to live in Darby and I like to give back when I can. Christmas is just around the corner and we love to gift wrap.”
Hidden Treasures is at 206 No. Main St. in Darby, next to the library bookstore.