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Shop Talk: Simply Vague

Melanie McIntyre Melanie McIntyre Shop Talk: Simply Vague
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With merchandise from 70 Buckeye State vendors, Simply Vague is a mecca for Ohio-made goods.

Inside the 800-square-foot store in Delaware, shoppers can find everything from jewelry and onesies to furniture and food− tortilla chips from Athens, syrup from Fredericktown, and salsa from Zanesville, just to name a few.

“My husband Nate and I have always been passionate about buying local, but it was hard for us to do being from Ostrander,” said Andrea Archibald, who co-owns Simply Vague with Nate.

“We also found that it’s hard to find more than a few local items in one place,” she added. “We wanted to offer a mix of local food and handmade items under one roof in hopes that people could do their replacement shopping without having to go too far out of the way or without having to go to 10 different places!”

Prices range from $1 for a dog bone to $950 for an armoire.

The Archibalds discovered several of Simply Vague’s vendors at farmers markets. They also approached Etsy sellers with unique items. After the store opened July 1, though, several merchants came to them.

“We know every vendor in the store and their story, and we love to share the stories with our customers so they get a personal connection to the products they are buying,” Andrea said.

The merchandise mix changes daily because it’s consigned. And if an item doesn’t sell well, the Archibalds look for ones they think will do better.

They also take the Delaware community into account. For instance, the store carries gluten-free products because there is a demand for them in the area.

Simply Vague
37 N. Sandusky St., Delaware
Phone: 614-743-9773
SimplyVagueOhio.com
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Store Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun.: 1-7 p.m.

Also, “We are big on custom orders,” Andrea said. “Because all of our vendors are local, you can order almost anything through the store with a quick turnaround.”

Simply Vague has gotten so popular the Archibalds are already working on a second location off the food court at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

“We hope in the mall that people will see why buying local is so important and we hope being there makes it more convenient to do so,” Andrea said.

The second location is scheduled to open Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.

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4 Responses to Shop Talk: Simply Vague

  1. manticore33
    manticore33 August 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am

    I stopped in and checked this store out yesterday. It is a terrific place with tons of local goods and wares. :D

  2. TobyBoyce December 4, 2012 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm

    Just an FYI – they’ve closed the Delaware location, sadly, and are now only in Dublin at the Tuttle Mall.

  3. Anne Evans
    Anne August 12, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am

    Join us for the GRAND OPENING of our second location!
    Simply Vague is opening in Polaris Fashion Place
    (on the lower level next to Saks Fifth Avenue)

    SHOP LOCAL with us Saturday, September 28th 10:00am-9:00pm

    Everything in the store is MADE IN OHIO! Shop from over 150 LOCAL Ohio vendors providing products ranging from food to furniture and everything in between

    Find out more about Simply Vague and take a sneak peek at our new products here: http://www.shoplocalsv.com

  4. Anne Evans
    Anne September 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am

    Join us for the GRAND OPENING of Simply Vague at Polaris Fashion Place!

    Saturday September 28th from 10:00am-9:30pm located next to Saks Fifth Avenue on the lower level.

    Shop from over 170 LOCAL vendors with products ranging from food to furniture! Simply Vague is a one stop shop for the BEST Ohio made products!

    http://www.shoplocalohio.com
    http://www.facebook.com/simplyvague

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