The Highlights of The Eccentrics Story
“My fashion journey started at SIU-C where I was majoring in fashion merchandising. I started a small business where I designed, manufactured and sold hobo bags while attending the university. I worked in retail and loved designing crazy fashion pieces. I would frequently be found in second-hand stores picking up men’s ties and would repurpose them as belts and headbands. School was never my forte, but fashion was an artistic expression that I could not get enough of. So needless to say, my parents were thrilled when I graduated from college!"
"After much thought and planning, I decided to start a small shop in my husband’s hometown of Carterville, Illinois. My father-in-law owned a fine jewelry store, Your Jeweler. The store had a small 300 square foot loft space above the jewelry store area. So I decided to follow in the footsteps of the spa and offer jewelry, handbags and gift items. My little shop was a fun way to interact with hometown customers and offer a little bling to women."
"The Plaza Drive location was for sale and there was uncertainty with the future of the building. It was at this time, that a 3000 square foot location next to Your Jeweler became available. A major remodel was in order, but I decided to accept the challenge. What a great space with 22 foot ceilings and a loft area that would be a work area for staff. A new website, more clothing, adding shoes, and new brands were all in order. What a blessing to have this beautiful space and awesome parking too!"
With another year coming to an end, and another birthday rolling around we are once again thankful for all the blessings that have come!