Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe offers nostalgic items from the past, present & future for the Holidays

Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe offers nostalgic items from the past, present & future for the Holidays

While the Holiday’s for children are a time of excitement and anticipation, wishes and imagination, for adults amongst all the hustle and bustle and shopping frenzy it’s a time of nostalgic remembrances of holiday’s past when they were growing up. Celebrations at grandma’s house, the china, furniture and silverware, the smells, toys and curios in every room of the house. This holiday season, thanks to Jeanie Carter, owner of “Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe” in Kenai at the Merit Inn Strip Mall behind Wells Fargo Bank, you can enhance those nostalgic feelings at every turn. While opening her first shop just five months ago, Jeanie has already had to expand and is now in a larger and even more intimate setting for her growing clientele. Carter graduated from KCHS and is the daughter of a homestead family that collected and saved everything like so many of that generation, “When they passed I inherited so many things and I missed my parents so much I decided that I wanted to start a little shop and it was little. I opened with only a 600 sq. ft. store front and most of the inventory from what my parents had collected. Within three months we had to expand and not because I was out shopping but from my neighbors and members of the community that brought things in for me to buy. I don’t do consignment but I buy and sell. Every day I have between four and eight people who stop in and ask if I’m interested in buying this or that because they are downsizing and their kids may not be interested in the items and I always am,” Jeanie told the Dispatch.

The fruit of Carters labor fills a variety of rooms where at every turn you’ll find an item of interest that will flood your mind with memories, from milking machines to antique wedding dresses, art class to collectable china and don’t forget to look up when visiting Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, “Yes I have things hanging from the ceiling, over on one of the walls I have a window that came from my house that my dad built here in Kenai and when the folks that own it now remodeled they let me have the original windows. I even have my dad’s ladder hanging from the ceiling where I have my jeans and hand bags hanging. Doesn’t it look great? You don’t throw anything away, just bring it in and I’ll repair and refinish it and find an artistic, decorative use for it. It’s great fun and enjoy picking and choosing what to have in my shop. I thank the community for making the shop what it is and I hope people will come in during the holidays and enjoy looking around. You never know you might see something that will bring back a memory, have something you’d like to sell or find something you just have to take home with you ” said Jeanie. Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe is open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm or call 907-398-4391 for more information.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe offers nostalgic items from the past, present & future for the Holidays
Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe offers nostalgic items from the past, present & future for the Holidays

More in News

Nate Rochon cleans fish after dipnetting in the Kasilof River, on June 25, 2019, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
King closures continue; Kasilof dipnet opens Saturday

The early-run Kenai River king sport fishery remains closed, and fishing for kings of any size is prohibited

An "Al Gross for Congress" sign sits near the driveway to Gross’ home in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, after he announced plans to withdraw from the U.S. House race. Gross has given little explanation in two statements for why he is ending his campaign, and a woman who answered the door at the Gross home asked a reporter to leave the property. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Alaska judge rules Sweeney won’t advance to special election

JUNEAU — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials… Continue reading

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion 
Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen listens to a presentation from Alaska Communications during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska.
ACS pilots fiber program in certain peninsula neighborhoods

The fiber to the home service will make available the fastest internet home speeds on the peninsula

Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. COVID-19 vaccines for kids younger than 5 years old are now approved by both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
COVID shots for kids under 5 available at public health

Roughly 18 million kids nationwide will now be eligible to get their COVID vaccines.

Megan Mitchell, left, and Nick McCoy protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning of Roe v. Wade at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways on Friday, June 24, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Heartbroken’, ‘Betrayed’: Alaskans react to Roe decision

Supreme Court decision ends nearly 50 years of legally protected access to abortion

Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years, a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court’s landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)
Alaskans react to Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion.

Tara Sweeney, a Republican seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/ Mark Thiessen)
Lawsuit says Sweeney should advance in Alaska US House race

The lawsuit says the fifth-place finisher in the special primary, Republican Tara Sweeney, should be put on the August special election ballot

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker stands in the Peninsula Clarion office on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska AFL-CIO endorses Walker, Murkowski, Peltola

The AFL-CIO is Alaska’s largest labor organization and has historically been one of its most powerful political groups

A portion of a draft letter from Jeffrey Clark is displayed as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Federal agents search Trump-era official’s home, subpoena GOP leaders

Authorities on Wednesday searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark

Most Read