by Steve Peterson
A wide variety of items that may have been the star of their rooms in the past: a cupboard, a day bed, a Zenith stereo and many more are available for purchase at Ireton’s newest business.
Owner Diane Burns has operated The Crooked Fence since Nov. 19, adjacent to Ireton City Offices, at 306 Main St. The building had been home to an American Legion Hall and a bowling alley. The Hawarden Regional Healthcare Community Clinic is also located in the building.
“It took a lot of work,” said Burns of opening the store.
Burns, wife of Ireton Mayor Denny Burns, said she was sad the portion of the building had been vacant. Then City Clerk Deb Korleski suggested to her that her business idea would be a great fit.
“The response has been great. I’ve had great support from my family as well as people in town,” said Burns.
Some items she had on hand at home while others brought in more and so did family members, said Burns.
“I have burlap wreathes, a chandelier, an old cupboard, a stereo like the one the Dutchess of York has; an old Amish-made bed and more,” she said.
Denny pitches in by doing work at home, and both spend time in the garage making items. He also helps on the business side.
Hours of The Crooked Fence are Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December.
“I can come over to the store if it’s not open and I’m at home,” said Burns. “I’ll decide what the hours will be in January.”
Burns was a midwife for the practice of Dr. Bellinda Larsen at Sioux Center Hospital until Dec. 26, 2012, when the practice moved to Hawarden.
“I took the winter off, then we traveled a lot to a place we have in Yankton, S.D.,” said Burns. “This summer I wanted to get back to work and opened this business with the encouragement of kids and family members.”
“You have to have faith that God will lead you in the direction He wants you to go,” said Burns.
Some groups have already used a vintage piano for Christmas carols there.
One can also buy food items such as breads, popcorn and wine.
For more information on The Crooked Fence, Burns may be reached at 712-539-9119.