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Sara’s Antiques & Atelier

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 6:00 am

A fabric collection like you’ve never seen before, and an atelier that is constantly being used. For a shopping experience unlike anything else, visit Sara’s Antiques & Atelier in Crestline’s Historic Top Town. Sara Costa Smith, owner of the store, is a passionate, creative individual who has found a way to make that all translate into her store.

Atelier, a French word, means a workshop or studio used by an artist or designer. All of Costa Smith’s creations are worked on at the atelier, because that is where she feels most inspired.

Just by looking around one can tell that Sara pays extreme attention to detail. At Sara’s Antiques & Atelier one can find antiques like fine china, old books, collectibles, as well as bags hand made from restored fabrics and dog collars made from ribbons.

The dog collars are a way to give back to the community. Costa Smith collects all of the proceeds from selling these collars, and uses them to help dogs in the community in need. She calls this line of collars “dog ruffs” and, since she started this, Costa Smith has been able to help multiple dogs around the mountain. She plans to continue doing this as long as she can, or as long as the community continues purchasing the dog ruffs.

These dog ruffs give a unique take on the average dog collar, and add a bit more personality to your pet as well. Costa Smith has all kinds of colors and designs, as well as some that go perfectly with the upcoming holidays.

Her knack for sewing and crafting developed at a very young age when her mother taught her how to sew, and how to put different pieces from fabrics and different patterns together to create something wonderful—something that is not sold anywhere else.

“I have been interested in sewing ever since I was a child,” Costa Smith said. “I used to make my dolls clothes,” and then, she says, the adventure just took off from there.

After gaining valuable experience by making her doll clothes, Costa Smith began to explore other avenues of sewing. She now makes what she likes to call “one of a kind creations.” She not only makes handmade tote bags, she also sews car trash bags, grocery bag holders and holders for dog bags too.

“I like to work on anything that sparks my interest,” Costa Smith said. “Whether it is embroidery, sewing or crewel work.”

Since Costa Smith works with restored fabrics almost everyday, she has found a product—that she now carries in store—that helps with taking out stains and making a fabric look new once again. The product is called Retro Clean—a gentle soaking agent that removes yellow stains from vintage fabrics.

“It is used in museums and historical societies,” Costa Smith said. “And it is sold here.”

For more information on Sara’s Antiques & Atelier, call (909) 338-5751. The store is located at 23449 Crest Forest Drive in Crestline.

On Nov. 26 a Top Town Christmas Open House will be held with participation from Sara’s Antiques & Atelier, My Favorite Things, Encompass, Rusty Bucket and Herington Real Estate. The event will go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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