On Nov. 7, former primary school teacher, Tammy Glasby, saw her passions come to life when she opened her first business: Junkspirations.A mix of old and new ideas, Junkspirations is a vintage and antique store located in the heart of Arvada at 6660 Wadsworth Blvd.“I’ve always had a passion for vintage and antiques, and you can only put so much in your house,” Glasby said.Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Glasby said she hopes she can bring some eclectic fun to homes in the community.About the ownerA former K-third grade teacher, Glasby said she wanted a change, and starting her own business was just what she needed. Throughout her childhood, she and her mother would go around to various estate and garage sales and go antiquing, something that she said drove her passion for vintage and old things.That passion has driven her not only to decorate her home with various antiques, collectibles and vintage finds, but to start a collection of her own, one she’s ready to share with others.In his/her words“It’s all been a learning curve for me, and I’ve tried to figure out the business aspect and figure out taxes,” she said of owning her own business. “But the biggest “aha!” moments have been that I’ve met a lot of people through this business in the community and I didn’t realize that would occur.”The finer side of oldJunkspirations has a variety of unique things, but fine antiques can still be found. Along with her designs and finds, Glasby keeps antiques on hand for those looking for the finer side of old.Along with her fine antiques, Glasby also repurposes several of her vintage finds into a variety of new things. She’s taken an old barn pulley and added a planter to it to create a hanging plant sitterand nightlights out of old glass photography slides — to name a few.“I try and pair new things with old things,” she said. “It’s kind of eclectic, just like my house.”Small and newIn her new role, Glasby said she is finding there’s quite a learning curve to operating a profitable small business — something she said she loves.“When people shop at small businesses they’re not supporting a big corporation, but are supporting a small business,” she said. “I’m here for my customers and will try to find what they are looking for, but I’m supporting my family with my business.”For more information, go to Facebook and visit the Junkspirations page, or call 303-993-6904.
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