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Creative Poverty has creative history

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Photo by Emily McIntosh Clyda Herbold has quite a shop with her new primitives and antiques in a 1910 house.
Treasure hunting, bargain shopping, antiquing, whatever people call it, they are always looking for something unique or a one-of-a-kind something that can add charm to their home or something they can pass down in their family. One place in Thayer is as unique as the items sold in it. Creative Poverty on Front Street in Thayer, owned by Clyda Herbold, is a place people can go to if they want to travel back in time and bring a little something back to their homes.

Clyda has owned the house her store is in for about five years. The house itself has a long history. The walls of the old house has seen a plethora of faces and a multitude of businesses come and go through its life.

Clyda said she did a little bit of researching and asking around about the house. She said she was able to find out that the late Victorian style house was built in 1910 and started out as a hotel with a dining room. "I think railroaders stayed here for a while," Clyda said.

Photo by Emily McIntosh Full of rustic charm, Creative Poverty has a little bit of beauty that seems as if it was brought from another time.
The house was originally called the Colonial Hotel. "It was a place where people stayed when they rode on the passenger trains," Clyda said.

Later, the house was used as a restaurant. "I heard it was the best food around," Clyda said.

The esteemed owner of the establishment was a Mrs. Green. Other than the name, Clyda said she doesn't know much else about Mrs. Green. "Apparently, everyone came to eat at Mrs. Green's," Clyda said.

The 99-year-old house is mostly made of solid oak and has pine wood floors. All of the trimmings on and inside the house are original right down to the staircase and the wooden doors leading into what was once the dining room.

Clyda and her husband, Carl, bought the house, it was in a dilapidated state. "I think they wanted to tear it down, and I couldn't bare it. I just couldn't stand the idea of this wonderful old building being torn down," Clyda said. "I really like old buildings. They just have character that you can't get out of a new building."

The two of them have done their best to get the house back to the way it was in 1910 when it was first built. "We tried to take it back to the original (way it was), but we haven't done a lot. We've uncovered the floors so that the original floors would show. (We're) mostly just preserving it (and) taking out the things that don't add to the character," Clyda said.

Clyda and her husband live in Thayer. The two of them have been married for about 45 years and have raised five children and one grandchild and have 11 other grandchildren.

The name of the store is in itself a bit unusual. When asked why she chose the name, Creative Poverty, Clyda said, "When my kids were little, I have five kids, six counting my grandson, I would sew and make them things, and I really enjoyed doing it. I liked crafting and all kinds of things like that. I enjoyed creating things out of nothing. So, I thought, well, this is creative poverty because I was making things out of practically nothing. So, I just thought of that name." She said she thought up the name about 30 years before she had the store and always said to herself that if she were to get a store she would call it Creative Poverty.

Before she had the store, she would have booths at arts and craft fairs and other events.

Other than the shop, Clyda and her husband also sell rental property. She said she finds old houses in the area, fixes them up and rents them out. But it can't be just any old house. "It has to have some kind of character to it," Clyda said.

Clyda also paints house numbers for people to put on the side of their houses or on their mailboxes.

Other than the Open sign in front of the house, there's nothing that really screams out that it's a store. The front porch is covered with rustic furniture that in a way gives the house a certain kind of charm.

Creative Poverty harkens back to a simpler time full of old fashioned, rustic decorations called new primitives. On the second floor of the store, customers can find antiques galore.

When people open the front door to the house the wholesome smell of soy candles wafts into their noses.

The old house has stood the test of time and will probably continue to stand for many more years and see many more faces come and go.

"I don't think anything could knock this building down," Clyda said.

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