Help feathering your nest

  • Kelly Archer has opened Lucky Bird Thrift on Main Street in Greenfield. January 2, 2018. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Kelly Archer, right, has opened Lucky Bird Thrift at 250 Main Street in Greenfield and looks over items with her daughter, Sierra Archer, last week. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018

GREENFIELD — A torn ACL didn’t stop Kelly Archer. In fact, she was running in no time.

Running a store, that is.

Inspired by years of watching her mother operate an antique shop, Archer decided to go all in and open a thrift store of her own after tearing her ACL working for Coca Cola last spring. After a 20-year career at the company, she felt it was time for a change.

First, Archer looked for a vendor booth to rent in an antique store, but when none were available, she decided to start her own business.

She opened Lucky Bird Thrift on Main Street about a month ago, where she sells everything from wind chimes and kitchenware to antique end tables and jewelry.

“It kind of all just fell into place, I just decided to go for it,” she said. “At some point, you have to make the jump and you’re going to go all in and give it your best. So far it’s been really good.”

A Colrain native who now lives in Shelburne, Archer rented the storefront at 250 Main St. because of the amount of foot traffic that passes by each day. 

“That was key, I wanted to be on Main Street because you’re more a part of what’s going on downtown,” she said. “It’s been really fun, Greenfield has been really welcoming — a lot of wonderful people coming in.”

Archer’s shop joins several other thrift and antique stores on Main Street, creating a destination for that type of shopping. Goose Exquisite Thrift, Hens & Chicks, and Whitney Hill Antiques are all nearby.

“What I like about it is that because it’s second-hand and because it’s thrift stuff, we’re not in competition with each other, we’re kind of like a feather in each other’s caps because we draw in people that like that kind of thing,” Archer said. “It’s more good stuff, different stuff in every shop.”

At Lucky Bird, Archer tries to find unique items in a variety of styles.

“I have a big mix of modern, a few antiques, a lot of artwork,” she said. “I like to buy things that I think are fun and beautiful and kind of different, and I try to buy the best quality items I can at the lowest price I can.”

Thrift shopping has always been a hobby of Archer’s, who said she picked up more from watching her mother run antique stores than she probably realized. Her mother currently runs Strawberryfield Antiques on the Mohawk Trail in Shelburne.

“She specifically loves antiques, that’s what she’s been doing for years and years,” Archer said.

She hopes that someday, when her mother is ready to retire, they can work together at Lucky Bird.

“It’s still sort of surreal that it all kind of happened,” she said.