Standing next to a gingham cook’s apron, Fay Womble says it reminds her of her mother, the late Mary Clift. While maybe a lot of women don’t wear them anymore, she stocked one in her new store. In fact, much of this North Main Marketplace vendor’s wares remind her of her mother.
Standing next to a gingham cook’s apron, Fay Womble says it reminds her of her mother, the late Mary Clift.
While maybe a lot of women don’t wear them anymore, she stocked one in her new store. In fact, much of this North Main Marketplace vendor’s wares remind her of her mother.
Womble opened “The Cupboard” last year. She points out the modern, scented candles. But, there are also some antiques to be had, like an ice cream scoop.
Fay grew up in the Pleasant Grove community; her father, Horace Clift, was pretty well known around town too, as he owned and operated for many years the Clift’s Feed Store. Fay grew up in a large family of 7 kids.
As she picked up a jar of strawberry preserves from her shop, Faye said her family’s farm was pretty self-sustaining, curing their own hams and putting up their own jams and jellies.
Just how did she come by the store’s name?
“Mother kept her silver in a cupboard. She also stored her Christmas candles, vases there.”
Picking up a metal lantern-used these days mostly for farmhouse style decoration—Faye said her family grew up using these for light.
Fay had served as a vendor at the Antique Mall on the public square, prior to the owners recently selling the building. She moved her merchandise to North Main Marketplace and now also assists there in customer service a few days a week.
She says being a North Main Marketplace vendor gives her a lot of flexibility. She can come and go, you know, just work at her own pace.
Fay retired from Jostens and also has worked as a local realtor. But now, she’s perfectly content being a part of North Main’s ongoing success.
There are a lot of fun stories Fay loves to tell to her shopping friends, like the time she sold the farm eggs to the “rolling” candy store. She remembers that well, she says, as she got in a lot of trouble. So, the decorative basket of eggs she has available brings back a memory or two as well.
With a smile she said it’s pretty fitting that she open such a store right here in Shelbyville. After all, she is known around town by the nickname, “Tag.”
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