Great finds at It's About Time

If you haven’t been antiquing in Abilene, well then I’d say, “It’s About Time.” Personally, I enjoy refinishing furniture and love the challenge of attempting to turn the old piece into something somewhat shabby chic. So, a hunt to find another fixer-upper, coupled with a suggestion from a loyal reader sent me right into “It’s About Time.”

What intrigued me most to stop by and check out the store was actually the suggestion. She told me that women come from all over Texas and stay the night at her Abilene guesthouse, just to shop at this store the next day.

Owners and business partners, Pam Sumrall, Susan Pittman and Terri Whipple will agree. Their customer base drives in from Fort Worth, Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland/Odessa and even as far south as Fredericksburg just to see what they have in store.

What I found most interesting is that “It’s About Time” is not just your average antique store. They actually retail many new items, as well as the gently worn. You may recognize well-known brands, such as: Volcano Candles, Nouvelle Candle Company and Tokyo Milk Perfume as you walk amongst the rooms. I think one of the most fascinating and appealing factors about the store is the way in which they display their merchandise. These ladies say that while everything is for sale in their store, they are also selling ideas…ways to display old things, yet incorporate new trends into a room or even an entire home. Sumrall sums it up best with the statement, “Not everyone gets to start with entirely new stuff or new furniture, so we like to teach our clients and shoppers how to display and organize what they already have with a touch of something new from our store. We enjoy inspiring others to decorate with soul, to breathe new life into a room and to incorporate the art of wabi-sabi.” Having never heard this term before, I was definitely fascinated and had to inquire further. “Wabi-sabi,” explained Sumrall, is actually the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and accepting the natural cycle of age and time. I believe I first heard the term from Leonard Cohen.”

You will definitely see this theme carried throughout the three ‘rooms’ in the store. As you look around the store, you will see that it is all about contrast. Mixing the shiny with the matte, rustic and elegant, organic and formal…you get the idea. Overall, the store has a very good and warm energy. It is bright, eclectic, antique—yet fun! While visiting Abilene, making a stop at “It’s About Time” is definitely worth your time! You just might find the perfect birthday or holiday gift, personal home décor or accent, or even a larger item—such as a chair, desk or mirror—that you just can live without. You definitely want to spend some time browsing amongst all the unique finds inside!

Sumrall shows off pendants, jewelry & more.

Lastly, something that I immediately observed while visiting was the level of customer service these ladies offer their clientele. It is apparent—right down to the cheerful conversations and custom gift wrapping—that the owners have developed solid relationships with their shoppers over the years and they pick up right where they left off. One lady told me as she was walking out, “This is a fabulous place! I have never left without something new in my hands!”

It’s About Time is located at 1395 Albany Street in Abilene, Texas. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For additional information, call 325-692-7239.