Consignment shop

Homemade & More Consignment showcases Reed City talent

REED CITY — Homemade & More Consignment is a new store that opened a month ago in downtown Reed City.

Owned by former factory worker Kristopher Cross, the store offers homemade goods, antiques, specialty items and decorations, t-shirts, jewelry, coffee mugs, stickers, blankets and more.

Almost all of the store’s products are homemade by artisans, carpenters and craft enthusiasts who live in the Reed City area. Cross makes personalized t-shirts for customers, as well as jewelry, beads and decorations from vinyl records on which he uses a laser cutter to create designs.

Cross was on Pinterest when he came up with the idea for laser-engraved vinyl records. He already had a laser cutter, but it was too small to fit the vinyl records in, so he traded in his coin collection for cash and bought himself a bigger one.

“They just look cool when they’re done,” Cross said, and they’re selling quite well.

Cross first taught himself how to bead, make jewelry and use a laser cutter by watching YouTube videos. In the early 2000s, Cross said he worked on cars a lot and had to go buy a book at the auto parts store and read the book to learn how to fix a car. Compared to now, where he can “just watch a YouTube video, watch it for 10 minutes. And now I know how to rip the engine out of a car.”

Assembling a beaded elephant that took three months and over a million beads would be stressful and tedious for most, but Cross finds it relaxing, despite arthritis in his hands making the job more difficult. That same love for craftsmanship that led Cross to start making custom art, like his vinyl record decorations and beads, led him to open the store, and so far he’s loved seeing what the arts and crafts community is all about in Reed City. able to create.

“I love seeing everyone’s things they bring,” he said. “They are different.”

“Everyone who comes here loves it,” he said. “They thank me for setting up such a beautiful store.”

Cross also noted the fact that there are few retail stores like his in downtown Reed City.

“They’re happy to see something other than what you know, buildings that are just lawyers and hairdressers and bars,” he said.

Cross offers consignment for $35 per month, which means artists can sell their items for just over a dollar a day, rather than just leaving their creations at home to gather dust.

Cross wants the consignment shop to gain traction and popularity and has been trying to spread the word about it on Facebook. But for just one month in the game, Cross is relatively happy with the variety and volume of goods people have already shipped. As summer approaches, he hopes to find a way to get people to take US 131 north to his store.

Visit Homemade & More in downtown Reed City at 114 W Upton Ave or call the store at 616-439-8252 for more information.