RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. — Campbell's Creations Vintage Collectibles has more items in stock than they can fit in one store. Good thing they have four locations to choose from.
Married couple Eve and Jim Campbell own and operate Campbell's Creations Vintage Collectibles with their headquarters in Russellville and three other locations. Eve is the business manager. When Eve isn't keeping her husband busy around the shop, Jim frequently attends auctions to keep the business in stock with vintage items, including artisan glass, books, toys, shaving kits, lantern pieces and more. They also carry a wide assortment of scented candles.
Eve is a Russellville native who came across her husband while driving in her gold Mustang with a leaky sunroof, and "one thing led to another," Jim said. "We hit it off like chocolate syrup and ice cream." They were married about five years later in 1986.
The couple took an interesting route to the antiques and vintage items business. It all started in 2000, when Jim started making pork rinds for his father. "Dad was a diabetic and I wanted to come up with a snack that he could eat without raising his carbs up," Jim said. "We kept him in supply all the time."
Eve was doing counted cross-stitch with a work friend, and decided to go into the quilt-block business, because there were few available in the Jefferson City area.
They then began distributing for Our Own Candle Company, selling pork rinds, quilt blocks, candles and other items at craft shows.
The couple decided to simplify their operation around 2005 and combined their separate ventures into Campbell's Creations. The Campbells wanted to open their own store location, and got into vintage items about six years ago, so they could open a booth in area antique shops.
In the future, the Campbells would like to expand the Russellville location to offer more furniture and try to find new places to pick for antiques and vintage items, like old storage sheds and barns. Jim is also trying to sell the pork rinds business, because he stays so busy attending auctions and arranging their various displays.
Although they now have merchandise in locations at Lebanon, Midway in Columbia, and Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City, the Campbells said their greatest achievement has been adding a business to the Russellville community that can attract people to town.
The operation is headquartered beside their Russellville home, and Jim said it means a lot to be able to help support their community and offer a place for their neighbors to take a nearby shopping trip.
"People need to be invested in their communities or they are going to hollow out and whither away," Jim said.