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Nita's Attic growing, becoming one-stop shop in Jamestown

Nita's Attic is a consignment store in Napoleon and Jamestown.

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Carol Strobel, left, stands with Anita Fettig, owner of Nita's Attic in downtown Jamestown. Strobel has been an employee for more than 10years. Clothing of all sizes, household items and furniture are some of the items found at the second-hand store.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
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Anita Fettig doesn't have all the answers as to how her business managed to stay successful, but she never doubted that it would work out.

"I don't ever remember not being able to sleep or worrying about spending all this money or that it wouldn't work out. I just believed it would work because it was easy, it was good, it was meant to be and I had the gift to do it," Fettig said.

Fettig is the owner of Nita's Attic in Jamestown, a consignment store that offers a variety of items to interested shoppers. Aside from second-hand clothing, the shop also offers, housewares, furniture, toys and appliances.

Nita's Attic has been located in its current storefront on Main Street for 10 years but the store has been a staple in North Dakota for just shy of two decades.

It was an accidental business but I always say it was God's work because people came.
Anita Fettig, owner, Nita's Attic

It all started with a house down in Napoleon, North Dakota.

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"I started a day care business in 1986 and I expanded into three houses of day care and one of them was no longer needed so I started to brainstorm about starting a store and in about two months I had it running," Fettig said.

"I had a knack for rummage sale-ing because, in day care, kids break things and you never want to buy anything new and we just started out advertising and having people bring stuff over," she said.

Fettig's first Nita's Attic shop opened in Napoleon in 2006 with each department being in a separate room of the house. Fettig said when the store was originally zoned, the city zoned it as commercial not thinking the business would take off.

Three additions to the house later, Napoleon had a commercial business that was well-loved by the local community and by those across the state.

"They probably were like, 'Oh no, who gave this crazy woman a commercial business,'" Fettig said with a laugh. "It was an accidental business but I always say it was God's work because people came."

They came and they came and they came.

"I needed to expand to another community because I was getting so much stuff in and didn't have enough people here to sell it all," Fettig said. "I was getting good stuff in and I knew that Jamestown would have a need for it.

"One day I was coming through Jamestown and I was at Hardee's and thought, if I ever started (another) store, it would be here."

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Just a few months later, Fettig was operating out of the old Music Corner building at 601 First Ave. S.

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Nita's Attic, located in downtown Jamestown, has a large selection of clothing to fit children to adults.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Within six months, the business had outgrown the available space and Fettig was approached by a community member offering her the current storefront on Main Street. The team started out with two floors but as it kept growing, Fettig added a third floor and put a hole in the wall and expanded to the north.

Fettig said the team's next project is to put a hole in the front of the building and expand once again.

"It's a very good business," Fettig said. "Everybody needs to get rid of things and a lot of people can't afford to buy things new. I cater to the rich and the poor.

"Every time I am up there I get compliments. People say, 'This is my favorite store and if I can't find it at Nita's Attic, I don't need it.'"

Fettig said the stores bring in 60-70 boxes and bags a week that need sorting, pricing and hauling between the two locations. Nita's Attic currently has 1,200 consigners between the two stores but still accepts donations from the community. The shop also does buyouts and estate sales where the team cleans out people's houses and sells the items for them.

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Nita's Attic in downtown Jamestown recently expanded to add to its clothing selection.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

"I am so grateful for the city of Jamestown because I don't know how my little store down here would have made it without them," Fettig said.

Fettig said the consignors drop things off at the stores on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and said she will generally have an influx of customers on Thursdays and Fridays browsing the weekly selection. Fettig said the variety of selection along with well-priced items is a huge reason the customers have come back for more and more.

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"You don't know what you are going to find when you go in there," Fettig said. "I have had four kids get married and I haven't had to buy a new dress yet. You can buy your Easter dress then you can buy your kids' play clothes for 50 cents.

"We really try to make it easy on people and we're generally very people-pleasing," she said. "Without my wonderful employees and my wonderful consignors and my wonderful shoppers and my wonderful family, it wouldn't be what it is."

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Nita's Attic

215 1st Ave. N
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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