Rutherford moved to Culloden about four years ago from Washington D.C., where she had a similar, but larger store for 18 years. She now lives close to her grandchildren, and business at her store is doing well.
Her passion for the store is evident, from her warm smile that greets customers to her outgoing personality and excitement about all the items for sale.
"Everyone who enters gets a 'hello' and a 'thank you' no matter what," she said. "I consider myself a people person, which helps, too."
Her attitude also helps when it comes to organizing estate sales, another side of her business.
Her husband, Ken, whom she lives with above the store, loves antiquing, or "the hunt" as Rutherford calls it. Once, while preparing a home for an estate sale, Ken squeezed into a crawl space and discovered love letters a husband had written his wife before they were married.
"It felt good to give those to their children, who had lost their parents," she said.
That's what can also be difficult about preparing what remains from an estate for sale, since usually those participating have recently lost a loved one or committed them to a nursing home.
"You really have to love what you do, and respect their stuff. ... It's usually the children's home place and has years and years of stuff," Rutherford said.
She also respects her customers' time and wallets by not requiring appointments and even upon request will go to a customer's home to help decorate, using what they already own.
"I've found that when people want to get rid of their goodies they want to do it right then," she said about the importance of not requiring appointments. "That also gives customers a reason to come here often."
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