Miss Claudette’s back open for biz in Opp

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The former owner of the Corner Mall in Opp has decided it is time to return to the flea market business.

Claudette Danley owned the corner store for more than seven years, but left the business last summer when her husband’s health declined.

Her husband has since died and she has returned to the business.

“I just decided that I couldn’t stay home,” Danley said. “I just needed to get back out and see people. So I just opened another store.”

The store, Claudette’s This and That, opened in June, and is like a flea market with a variety of new and used items, as well as booths for vendors.

“These types of stores attract people to Opp because new items arrive daily,” Emilee Gage, member of the Opp Chamber of Commerce, said. “They have unique items that may be hard to find anywhere else. Plus, the store is locally owned and they treat customers like family.”

Danley’s accumulation of a variety of items over the years spawned the name of the store.

“I knew I couldn’t be the Corner Mall again,” she said. “I just had a little of this and a little of that.

“My daughter and I came up with the name and we just thought it would be a catchy name.”

Furniture, antiques, glassware and other items you would find in a flea market-type store are available, she said.

“I have new things and old things,” she said. “I have the Rada Cutlery in the store. I had it before and I’m a dealer for it.”

There are plenty of Auburn and Alabama items available at the store as well, she said.

“I’m just getting it started back,” she said. “I want to invite all my customers to come back to see me.”

Additionally, flower arrangements and wreaths designed by Jan Hart are available at the store, Danley said.

“She does cemetery flowers, fresh flowers for funerals and wreaths,” she said. “She has Auburn, Alabama and fall type wreaths.”

Hart worked for a long time at Young’s Florist, but she semi-retired, Danley said.

“We have some clothes and we’re getting more clothes,” Danley said. “We have hand bags and a lot of purses.

“Just a little bit of everything.”

Danley is the only person running the store, but family members help when needed, she said.

“If people want to come in and rent a space, I have room for vendors,” she said.

The store, located at 111 E. Covington Ave., is open Tuesday through Friday., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon.

Anyone interested in a booth, can contact Danley at 334-764-5839.