New thrift store, MT.Roots., opens

By: 
Dwight Harriman

Thrifting and finding really good deals is in Callie Johnerson’s blood.

“I’m such a cheap person that it’s ridiculous,” Johnerson joked this week.

That passion for locating good deals and unique items and sharing them with others led her to open MT.Roots., a thrift store located at 207 S. Second St. in Livingston.

The store name reflects Johnerson’s effort to keep her inventory local and her own roots in Montana.

The store, which opened earlier this month, carries ‘literally everything under the sun,” Johnerson said, which she described as simple, unique vintage, women’s and men’s clothing, used furniture and used household goods.

There’s lots of antique items — think an old Remington manual typewriter, a 1915 White Rotary sewing machine and even an ancient explosives detonator with a plunge handle like you see in old movies  — as well as everything else from furniture to books, purses, jewelry, stuffed animals, duck decoys, and salt and pepper shakers.

When you walk into MT.Roots., you’ll be set at ease by shop dogs Max and Murray, who will most likely be sprawled across a bed with an antique 1920s bed frame.

Johnerson, who spent 10 years working in the hotel business before starting her new venture, loves repurposing furniture like chairs and tables, and bringing back to life discarded items, such as a light fixture she found lying by the side of a road that now is featured in her shop.

Much of her inventory came from what she had collected on her own long before opening the store. She acquires new inventory in many ways — some is donated but a lot of it she purchases at garage sales and auctions.

Items for the store can be dropped off, or the store can also arrange for pickups within a reasonable area.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call the store at 333-3113 or visit its Facebook page. A website is coming soon.

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Dwight Harriman may be reached at dharriman@livent.net.

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