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Business 1 on 1 with Dana Henderson

Dana Henderson, co-owner, Vintage Junktion, 1736 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, 478-302-5005, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Karen Johnson is also a co-owner.

How long have you been in business?: Henderson used to travel to craft shows, and “then it branched out into the furniture aspect of it, and I kind of got away from the crafts side of it.”

A friend said she should open a booth in an antique mall, which she did for about six years before opening the store in November 2013.

The store has about 6,000-square-feet of space and about 30 vendor booths.

What do you like best about your job?: “We have met some of the nicest people. ... They come to us and ask us questions like, ‘What can we do with this?’ Then they come back and show us a picture. ... There are very creative people out there.”

What is your specialty?: The store offers repurposed furniture, which is “when you find older furniture, and it’s such good quality ... but it needs to work for what people need it for today.

“We can make headboards out of an old mantle. ... We get old windows, and my husband makes cabinets out of them. So we take things that were used for one thing and make it into something useful today.”

The store has a seamstress “who can take linen shirts and old jeans vests and jackets and she just upcycles them with a lot of lace and makes them interesting.”

The store hosts various classes. Last month a local artist taught participants how to make bunnies out of vintage music sheets. Another class was on making Christmas ornaments.

What are your future plans?: “We are missing out in the Internet world ... so we’re looking to expand in that area. We bought a vintage camper ... so we plan to do some craft and antique shows in that.”

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