HANFORD — A sign on the door of Peddlers Paradise in downtown Hanford reads, “Please keep praying for Renèe to walk again. Thank you.”
The owner of the consignment and antique shop, Renèe Perkins, has announced that business, which has been open at 209 N. Irwin St. for about three years will be closing.
The store's final day will be Saturday, April 20.
“Everything is up in the air … and I don’t know what my future holds so I have to go out of business,” she said.
In August of last year, Perkins went into the hospital to treat a problem stemming from kidney stones. The problem persisted and complications occurred, resulting in an infection that left her in a coma for two weeks. Now with blood clots in her legs and a diagnosis of diverticulitis, she has also found herself bed-ridden, partially paralyzed from the ankles to her waist.
“You never say never. You’re supposed to stay positive, even though that’s hard for me to do. I get depressed and cry a lot,” she said, her voice shaky. “But there’s always hope.”
Doctors have told Perkins that it could take six months to recuperate – or maybe a year or more. It’s also possible that recovery may never happen and she may be permanently paralyzed.
The store is currently open only three days a week — 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Perkins’ husband, Tim, has been running the shop in her absence.
Tim retired from the Navy after serving for 21 years at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, though he still currently works on the base while also managing the shop for his wife.
Getting away from his day job to oversee Peddlers Paradise has been costly for Tim, but with the last days of the business’ lease looming, everything must go. Perkins has decided not to renew her lease since her health leaves her future and her ability to effectively run a business in uncertain terms.
Renee first got into the world of business at the age of 12, going to flea markets with her mother. She took over her first store, New to You, in Hanford in the ‘80s and later opened 2nd Time Around in the Old Livery Stable Building, which she operated for 15 years.
After a cancer diagnosis “put her out of commission,” she was forced to close up shop.
After an eight year hiatus, during which her cancer went into remission, Perkins and her husband opened Peddlers Paradise in the summer of 2016.
Many items will be on sale throughout the closing. All of Perkins’ stock, including furniture will be 10-50 percent off.
The business also hosts a variety of independent vendors, many of whom will be relocating to other consignment stores in the area after Peddlers Paradise closes.
And while she’s already beaten one illness to continue her second-hand business ventures, Perkins said that opening another store probably isn’t an option even if her health improves this time around.
“My husband said he’ll divorce me if I do that,” she joked.