The Bend in the Road


Winter and spring have passed in a blur of family gatherings, days of work, and patient rearranging in the storefronts. Customers often ask what we do during the off season, but there was no shortage of things to be done this year! Our end-of-year inventory was assessed. Buildings were cleaned. Online Red Shed auctions took place. Furniture migrated. Euro Scrubbies were ordered. Sweet conversations and thoughtful dreams were placed in our hearts. As spring has gradually blossomed, we have felt a new stirring take place at Crooked Willow.

With the utmost peace, we are opening the doors for our last season at Crooked Willow. This little dream of creating a space for people to appreciate days past has been wonderfully fulfilled this past decade. As we reflect on the gracious workers and dear customers who have accompanied us on this journey, we are deeply grateful for your support. Nothing has brought us more joy than showing you how to bring pieces of the past into your home and making you smile when a simple display brought back sweet memories.

Anne of Green Gables knew our hearts when she looked to the bend in the road: “I don’t know what lies around that bend, but I’m going to believe the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend… I wonder how the road beyond it goes—what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows—what new landscapes—what new beauties—what curves and hills and valleys further on.”

We are excited to watch our plans unfold as we see where God leads us in the next chapter. This season will be one of celebration and joy as we remember this journey at Crooked Willow and look to all that is yet to come! We look forward to welcoming you and your friends for a wonderful day of wandering and shopping through our buildings. -Kate

One Response to The Bend in the Road

  • I visited your beautiful place a few years ago. My daughter, who lives in Minnesota, knew I would fall in love with Crooked Willow, and I did. I have enjoyed seeing your posts, and will miss you.
    But ~ lo and behold, about a year ago, three lovely friends opened a similar shop on our town square, and named it “Willow Leaves!” So, I will always think of the original Crooked Willow when I visit there.
    Thank you, and I hope you enjoy your new journey.

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