Sunday, August 15, 2010

A repost from The Spokesman Review.

 Too often, women who love to spend hours looking at vintage items at a flea market or in an antique mall do it entirely on their own or they go with a group of friends. They wouldn't think of having a husband around.
    This is definitely not the case with Kelly and Monte Tareski. The couple, who own Cascading Creations, share more than a business. They share a love of junking that has found an important place in their relationship.

    "I have always had a passion for the weathered and worn out item," Kelly told me.  "As a child, I remember going to the Southern California flea markets and spending all day digging, hunting for the perfect piece of junk and at a young age being able to negotiate the 'right price.'"

    Eventually, Tareski wanted more than just fun. She wanted to make a career out of rescuing and re-imagining vintage items. Fortunately, her husband shared that desire.

    "Just in the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to turn that passion into a business. With Monte's passion for the same, it makes it very easy to go treasure hunting and we have so much fun together," she says. "One of our favorites is when we get the call to go 'pick' at an old homestead."

    Transforming a building on the grounds of their Airway Heights stone business, Tareski turned her new project, GardenStone Creations into an appealing and popular place for shoppers. She was able to find a way to combine her love of the hunt, with a desire to own a unique business.

    What came about is an outlet for local artists, artisans and creative types.

    "I am a huge supporter of local artisans and the buy-local movement," Tareski says. "I am proud to say that I have my shop 80 percent stocked at this time with local merchandise from local businesses and artisans. I'm working towards 100 percent."

    But, once a treasure hunter, always a treasure hunter. As proud as Tareski is to have started a business and carved a successful niche in the competitive antiques and vintage market in a relatively short time, what matters the most is spending time with her husband and having something positive and productive to show for it.

     "We not only love the hunt, but getting to hear the stories behind the treasures we find," she says. "Then we love retelling those stories to our customers who purchase the items."

Harvest Treasures
Saturday, August 14 at GardenStone Creations in Airway Heights, Kelly Tareski will present Harvest Treasures, an event featuring hand-picked vendors selling antiques, hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind items.
Here are the details: For more information call 509.244.0900
Where: 1515 S. Lyons Rd, Airway Heights
When: Saturday, August 14

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