A Cricket in the House specializes in vintage and mid-century furnishings, unique accessories, and newly created pieces for your home and garden. We gather our finds from auctions, estate sales, through consignment and from working with area artists.
At Cricket’s, you’ll find:
• An ever-changing selection of quality vintage and modern items at affordable prices
• Reclaimed, Restyled, and Re-purposed furniture
• “Functional Art” created by local and regional artists
• Lighting, pillows, and décor
• Hand-made whimsical and eclectic concrete castings for your home or garden
• Cutting boards, trivets, pizza peals and other kitchen items made from scraps set aside after constructing furniture and doors.
• Artwork made by local artists and others from around the country
• Dishes, glassware, and ceramic items.
• Painted silk scarves
Cricket’s buys and consigns gently used furnishings made with character and purpose. If you have an item you no longer want or know someone who is down-sizing or planning an estate sale, please give us a call.
Cricket Fries answers a few questions about starting and owning a business downtown.
What drew you to Downtown?
From the time I was a kid, I loved going downtown! I was sad to see it change in the 1970s but I’m thrilled to see the “charm” come back. When my husband and I decided to open a shop, four years ago, we knew we wanted to be downtown. He just happened to be driving by and saw the “For Lease” sign going up in the window. This place had a parking lot, plenty of windows, and ample space. And I love the sense of community and support from fellow businesses!
What unique products and services do you offer?
We have an eclectic mix of items: home furnishings (mid century, locally-made rustic, contemporary, and some antiques); collectibles (vintage tea cups, antique shaving razors, unique one-of-a kind items); glassware and serving pieces from all eras; jewelry—both vintage and new; and a nice assortment of gift items (wonderful locally-made soy candles, Missouri-made herbal soaps, hand-made accessories, and a nice selection of greeting cards). We utilize local craftspeople to make many of our items. Custom made Adirondack chairs, and tables have been a big hit lately (we’ve even helped furnish a couple local restaurants with the tables!) We also help folks find specific pieces for their home or office.
How do you cross-promote fellow Downtown businesses?
We’ve made genuine friends of our fellow downtown retailers! We meet regularly to discuss how to better serve customers–I like knowing what is going on in their shops, so that we can share that with our clientele. We also work together to participate in pop-up-type shows around the area to showcase our Downtown.
What is your vision for Downtown and your store over the next three years?
Lots of new growth is happening Downtown! My vision is for an expanded retail presence –like it was in my youth. As a child, I came downtown with my grandmother while she did her weekly shopping. There was so much hustle and bustle. I think we can be that again. At A Cricket in the House, we ask our customers what they want to see in our shop and we try to provide it. The past two years, we have added three new “vendors” who take turns working in our shop. Each has their own unique offerings that blend well with what we offer.
What can Springfieldians do to help your business?
Most of downtown businesses are locally owned “mom and pop” ventures—like ours. All are distinctive in their own way.
People from all around Springfield should spend a day exploring all the shops. But of course, they should start with A Cricket in the House!
I recommend meeting for coffee or breakfast (there are several options), and then visit the retail shops (which offer art, bicycles, clothing, furnishings, gifts, jewelry, musical instruments, and more). Squeeze in lunch at one of the many great restaurants, followed by more shopping. Then it’s Happy Hour or an early movie at either the Moxie or Regal Cinemas followed by dinner –either casual or fine dining.
When folks see how much there is to do in Downtown Springfield, and come often, it helps my business!