New thrift store opens in Gretna
By Debra Ferrell
Although Florida may hold its advantages, there’s nothing like the small town charm of Gretna for Elisha Hall and her husband, Orville Jay Hall III (Jay) , who have opened thrift store Turtle’s Treasures LLC. It is located at 120 Henry Street right before you get to Elba Butcher Shop on the corner.
The store that has been open since June 11 is already becoming a “stop by” location for many local shoppers, especially for those visiting flea markets and thrift stores to look for goodies or pieces for their collections.
Included are a wide range of items including jewelry, video games, DVDs, CDs, and older VHS and cassettes. There is a small supply of computers for parts. All types of collectibles are featured as well as some hard to find Star Wars items from Disney World. The couple had a year round pass for the popular attraction and bought a lot of things since they were Star Wars fans themselves.
Also featured are adult clothes and shoes, children’s toys and clothing, housewares, home decor, personal care items, and a limited supply of Christmas decor. A few pieces of furniture are for sale as well as board games. Action figures are included as well as a limited supply of cell phones. Some brand new merchandise is featured.
Donations of merchandise are accepted from the public. The store also offers “buy, sell or trade.”
So how did this young couple end up in Gretna after living a number of years in Florida? “My husband’s family is from Gretna. His grandfather, Orville Hall, ran Hall-Martin Plumbing & Electric back in the 50s and 60s. He was looking to expand his horizons so he moved to Florida to work at NASA. He and his son, Orville Jr. did electrical work for NASA for years,” Elisha explains. “We lived on the Space Coast where Cape Canaveral is located. There are 650,000 people in our county!”
The Space Coast is a region in the U.S. state of Florida around the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Cities in the area include Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island (unincorporated), Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Indialantic, Palm Bay, and Viera (unincorporated).
Life is growing very hectic there as more and more people move to Florida. The couple decided they wanted a slower pace of life so they moved to Gretna where Jay had operated a vape shop back in 2014.
They brought an entourage (of sorts) with them when they moved back here. Elisha’s mother and her two cats came with them as well as two friends and the couples “furbabies” -four dogs and three cats.
“We love it here in Gretna. It’s so different from where we were. People here are friendly and helpful and take the time to talk to you and make you feel welcome. I encourage everyone to stop by our store and browse for some treasures. I believe in rotating stock and not keeping the same items on the shelf for too long. I know thrift store shoppers are looking for treasures so I plan to keep ‘em coming,” she says.
Jay is the son of Vickey and Orville Hall, Jr.
The store is open Tuesday - Thursday, noon - 6 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Payment is accepted through cash, major credit cards, Paypal, and Apple Pay.
For more information, follow the store on Facebook at Turtle’s Treasures or call 434-228-3570.