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Craft store opens in downtown York

Faye Johnson has been doing crafts all her life. When she retired, she needed a venue to sell her wares. So she went back to work.

Her new venture, Unique Crafts & Things at 37-C N. Congress St. in downtown York, is a labor of love. “This is my play house,” she said. “I didn’t go back to work, I went back to play.”

Johnson sells her own crafts and those of at least 18 others at the store in the old Neely Drug, which opened earlier this month.

Johnson, 72, is a York native and a 1959 graduate of York High School. She has years of experience in the business community, managing a local credit bureau and then operating the Tastee Freez on U.S. 321 with her husband, the late Albert Johnson.

When she stopped working, Johnson said she enjoyed working on crafts, including sewing, quilting and crocheting.

But she missed the interaction with people that she’d enjoyed in her work. “I’m a people person,” she said. “I love people, talking to people and I enjoy their company.”

When she came up with the idea of a shop to sell local crafts, she found many other crafters who are interested in selling their wares.

The shop has only been open a few weeks, she said, but it receives new items from area crafters almost every day.

“When you’re buying from here, you’re helping your friends and neighbors,” she said. “Everything in here is produced locally in the York, Clover, Rock Hill area, and we have some really talented people.”

The store’s items include wreaths, gourd art, jewelry, purses, paintings, bird feeders, photography, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, cork work, wood crafts and seasonal items.

“It amazes me the talent that comes through here, and everyone seems to be so appreciative of what’s going on here,” she said.

Johnson offers monogramming services and she said she accepts custom orders for certain items, such as fabric purses.

She said she enjoys making the fabric purses in different sizes and styles “and we can pretty well customize them to suit the person.”

Johnson said she is still accepting items from crafters who wants to sell on consignment. She also said some people have their own booth.