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By Erin Mairose, for SiouxFalls.Business
Before Meagon Mitchell starts making one of her custom-made wooden signs, she likes to know about the hobbies and decor preferences of its new owner. That way, each sign is personalized with Mitchell’s own “spin and creativity on it.”
Mitchell, who lives in Sioux Falls, is one of the vendors coming to the 605 Made Holiday Market on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the underground parking garage at Cherapa Place in downtown Sioux Falls. Her work will be part of a pop-up shop including merchandise from 50 area makers.
Although she works full time at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Mitchell started 605 Vintage Designs earlier this year as a side business with a little help from her husband and father. She makes wooden signs and other decor with different sayings, from family names and wedding anniversaries to inspirational quotes and seasonal quips.
“I’ve always enjoyed making personalized items for my friends and family as gifts. I then decided to turn my hobby into something more,” she said. “I love working with my clients to bring out their unique ideas and seeing the project come to life.”
When customers want a personalized saying but aren’t quite sure what they want, she encourages them to look at other designs to find “something that speaks to them. And so I’ll ask them more about what they’re looking for, what hobbies they enjoy and if they are looking for a certain design, so we can really make them something custom,” she said.
For the 605 Made Holiday Market she’s also bringing non-framed signs, along with plant stands and wooden centerpieces.
She describes her work as “vintage farmhouse,” taking some inspiration from Chip and Joanna Gaines, known for their remodeling projects on the show “Fixer Upper.”
And similar to the show, doing custom-made designs for others is a hobby that “I absolutely love doing,” she said.
Meagon Mitchell has always liked making items for friends, but this year she turned the hobby into a small business: 605 Vintage Designs.