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Blast From the Past offers a little bit of everything

If you're looking for a little bit of everything, check out Blast From the Past in downtown Osakis.

You will indeed find a little bit of everything and anything you could possibly imagine - a beaded vintage purse, classic toys, light switch plates, collector beer signs, bird figurines, books, gently used clothing, craft items, videos, jewelry, fishing stuff, a vintage sofa and so, so much more.

Looking through the store is an adventure in itself and owner LaDonna Karl has it all very well organized.

"I'm getting there - it's about 80 percent organized," she said.

Since last summer, Karl has worked to transform the former Trixie's store into her new second-hand and antiques store - Blast From the Past.

Over the last year, she has hauled out a lot of stuff left behind and she's done a lot of organizing and cleaning.

Karl said, "I think we needed a good second-hand store in town and it's very much needed, especially with the economy the way it is."

Grand opening May 13-14

Although the store has been open for several months, Karl said she'd like to host a grand opening and invite people to come in and check out the new and improved store.

Everyone's welcome to stop by the grand opening on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Karl said she'll offer refreshments, storewide specials, prizes and the first 100 customers through the door will receive a grab bag.

More about the store

Karl is a long-time bargain hunter and antique collector.

She said, "Everyone who's known me for awhile has said, 'Oh, that's right up your alley.' So, I decided to take it on and the location is absolutely fabulous."

Blast From the Past is located at the corner of Nokomis Street and First Avenue East in downtown Osakis.

"Once people come in and check it out, they say they'll have to come back when they have more time because they didn't get to see it all," Karl said. "And word of mouth has been invaluable, customers are telling me all the time that they've referred 'so and so.' "

Karl said although the store's layout and organization isn't quite where she envisioned it to be, she hopes to get there within a year, including painting the store.

In the meantime, the signs are up, the selection is outstanding and Karl is looking forward to your visit.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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