Traveling north through Milton, Georgia on Birmingham Hwy., in horse country, one will happen upon Jack of Trades. The assorted treasures that fill the wrap-around porch instantly grab the attention of passers-by. At this four-way stop, memories of days gone by fill the air; and the temptation to linger a while is overwhelming.
Once inside, every nook and cranny shouts “Look at me.” There are house and garden decorations; clothing and jewelry; furniture and knick knacks; and much, much more — old and new — all in unique displays throughout the interior. It’s a veritable treasure trove for homeowners and designers alike.
Each item is carefully selected by Jackie Mannaert. While transporting horses around the U.S., her vocation for over 16 years, Mannaert began frequenting antiques shops and purchasing items with a unique flair. The business grew from there.
“It is basically an antique store, which has come to mean just so many different things: products, gifts, furniture, and house wares.”
Mannaert continued with “I rent space to other people. I do some consignment. But I mostly buy everything myself.” Keeping up with the shop is a lot of work, and Mannaert will be the first to say so. But that doesn’t stop her from having fun. “I get to go out and buy all these gifts for other people to come in here and choose them to give to their families and friends. That’s what makes it fun for me. Am I going to be rich? Am I going to retire from this? No. But I enjoy it. I can get up every day with a smile on my face because I enjoy what I do for a living.”
Jack of Trades began in this “fabulous old building,” as Mannaert puts it, in 2006. The owner of the building wanted to sell the property, though, so she closed up shop after only two years. This past June, however, the chance to rent the property came up again, and she immediately took it.
“The location is great. The people in this area of Milton are great. I enjoy them and I have a great business here because of them.”
Mannaert’s travels for her transport business [horses] take her all over the United States. When she’s waiting on things or has a little spare time, she shops.
“My biggest thing is that I like to buy things that are different. I like having something that nobody else has; even if it’s simply just a conversational piece. I’ll buy anything that looks like it would make somebody else happy.”
When asked how she could ever part with these items that give her such pleasure, she simply replied: “I tell myself to allow someone else to love it.”
Whatever the reasons Mannaert has for spending so much time and energy on her business, she managed to turn her passion into a wonderful success story. Who could ask for more?
Jack of Trades is located at 850 Hickory Flat Road in Milton; call (770) 753-0266. Their hours are Mon. — Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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