Helgeson and Lindemann have been collectors of castoffs for years, and creators of handcrafted jewelry and decor for as long; needing a literal outlet for their hobby, the two teamed up to create Diamonds and Rust, a curio shop on S. Mill Street in downtown Redwood Falls.
You can find treasures nearly anywhere.
One of Catie Helgeson’s and Renee Lindeman’s recent favorites was an old cast-iron pot-bellied stove they found rusting away in a farmer’s grove.
“We had to pull it out in pieces,” Helgeson laughed last week. “We’re lucky all the pieces were still there.”
Helgeson and Lindemann have been collectors of castoffs for years, and creators of handcrafted jewelry and decor for as long.
Needing a literal outlet for their hobby, the two teamed up to create Diamonds and Rust, a curio shop on S. Mill Street in downtown Redwood Falls.
“The first time Catie mentioned it to me, we said we’d always wanted to have a shop uptown,” said Lindeman. “We let it go for awhile, then about a year ago we both said, ‘Were you serious about that?’”
Many of Diamonds and Rust’s merchandise starts off as items found at auctions, garage sales, and estate sales.
Then Helgeson, Lindeman, and their families get into the act, seeing what they can create from others’ castoffs.
“If someone has junk, their junk is our treasure,” said Helgeson.
“Everything just sort of has a vintage flair, or if it’s not vintage, it looks it,” said Lindeman.
The duo also are accumulating a collection of repurposed antique furniture. However, their current store space is too small to display much of it.
“Most of the furniture is in storage. We’re going to take photos, and let people browse through those for now,” said Helgeson.
The duo unofficially opened during the Redwood Falls Fall Festival on Sept. 28, just to see if there would be any interest.
There was — they’ve had to add more weekends just to accommodate demand drummed up by their Facebook page.
Although Diamonds and Rust’s official grand opening isn’t until Christmas by Candlelight on Friday, Nov. 22, they’ve already had many customers browse the shop.
“All we have to do is set out our ironing board sign, and people just stop by,” Helgeson said. “We’ve had visitors from Texas who just happened to be driving by on Highway 71. When we’re going to be open for a weekend, we’ll put a little note on Facebook and be surprised at how many people stop.”
“Catie and I have so much fun doing this, and we’ve met so many wonderful people,” said Lindeman.
Because Lindemann and Helgeson both have other full-time jobs, Diamonds and Rust is currently only open a few days a month.
“We say we’re an ‘occasional’ store,” Lindeman said.
However, they will open for special appointments when they can find the time.
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