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A to Z: New downtown consignment store has it all

Recently opened on West Villard, a renaissance district antique and consignment store harkens to yesteryear with a unique variety of merchandise in Dickinson.

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Claire Witte, 2, of Dickinson, plays with antique toys at A-2-Z Crafts and Antiques in Dickinson on Sept. 28.
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DICKINSON — Everyone has that one friend or family member who is impossible to shop for. Fortunately, downtown Dickinson has a new business that is sure to pique all interests. Ashley Martin and Zachary Thurlby opened A-2-Z Crafts and Antiques on Aug. 1.

True to their name, the store carries a vast and unique assortment of merchandise from local vendors.

“It’s really a variety of anything,” Martin said. “We have 63 different vendors in here.”

From antiques and homemade goods to art, candy, sports cards and shoes, the scope of what’s available is something to behold.

“We try to get the best variety in town, basically,” Thurlby said.

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Art in the store includes photography, 3-D pieces, metal art, wood burning, pop can creations and benches made from pickup tailgates. Their antiques include books, toys and decor. Other vendors sell soaps, bows, pet supplies, homemade crayons and jewelry.

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The Minnesota natives moved to Dickinson about 8 years ago. Thurlby continues to work in the oilfield, but is at the store on his days off. Martin, a former CNA and pharmacy worker, says she is always at the new store, which is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. It is located at 16 West Villard St.

Martin is an avid crafter. She loves creating string art, macrame key chains and gnome decor. Thurlby has a passion for collecting sports memorabilia and antiques.

“We love going to auctions and stuff,” Martin said. “We always loved going to antique malls and everything.”

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There are many options for antiques and toys at A-2-Z Crafts and Antiques.
Ashley Koffler / The Dickinson Press

While the store encompasses both of their passions, it also provides other local crafters and collectors with a platform to share their treasures. Thurlby said he always struggled to find a place to sell his collections, and wanted to provide a space for others to do the same. They purchased the building, formerly Greene Drug Pharmacy, in November and spent several months renovating it to suit their needs.

“We did a lot of work,” Thurlby said. “We did the ceilings, the floors, all the walls.”

Over the next few years, the couple plans to continue renovating to accommodate even more vendors and already have a waiting list. They eventually hope to utilize the basement of the building.

“Apparently this was a big need for this town,” Martin said. “Everybody's really excited about it. So we want to kind of expand that.”

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She added that they’re constantly getting new items and she’s thrilled to connect customers with the trinkets and antiques they love.

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Zachary Thurlby and Ashley Martin display a string art project Martin is working on.
Ashley Koffler / The Dickinson Press

Related Topics: DICKINSONANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLESSMALL BUSINESS
Ashley Koffler is a Killdeer, North Dakota native and Dickinson State University graduate, with a Bachelor’s Degree in writing, and minors in journalism and psychology. Formerly working in Community Affairs for Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development, her reporting focuses on Stark County and other rural municipality governments, community features, business and agriculture — among others.
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