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Video: Sisters’ store brightens up the holidays for antique lovers

Colleen McBrien

It’s not unusual for Kim Sanders to hear about people’s childhood memories every day.

Sanders, who owns Rosebud Antiques Store in Countryside with her twin sister, Candy, said customers really respond to the store’s 1,000-plus Christmas items that date back to the Victorian era.

“Everyone says they walk back into time,” Sanders said. “We try to find things that strike your heart. When people see it, they think how they used to have it.”

The Sanders twins have been in the Countryside location for the past three years, but they have been in the antique business for more than a decade, Kim Sanders said. She said they keep the Christmas decorations on display in a room in the back of the store all year and that they hunt for new trinkets all year because it’s nice to see people reminisce when they spot an item from their past.

“It seems like when everybody comes in, they see something from their past,” Sanders said. “Nowadays, what touches people’s hearts is what they remember. ... When they see it, they think, ‘Oh, I have to have it.’ It’s like a memory thing.”

Sanders said customers come in all throughout the year to buy the memorabilia, even if they don’t expect to. Customers also come in hunting for a specific item, and if the store doesn’t have it, the Sanders look for it on their frequent trips to garage and estate sales.

“We like to go around and hunt for things. You never know what’s around the corner,” Sanders said. “You have to keep your ear down and get what people want.”

Brookfield resident Scott Stockwell stopped in the store one recent afternoon, where the self-described “happy customer” purchased Christmas ornaments, among other items.

“It’s unbelievable,” Stockwell said of the holiday selection. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s amazing.”

Contact Colleen McBrien at cmcbrien@mysuburbanlife.com.