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Sandy Brecht stands in front of one of the walls in her photography studio where she has allowed local people to sell their crafts, flowers and trinkets.

Sandy Brecht Photography studio, 940 Davis St., Hammond, goes beyond the camera lens with crafts, trinkets and treats.

Since she moved to her new location in September, Brecht has transformed what was once a blank wall, into a picture-perfect little gift shop, featuring a number of items made or distributed by local individuals.

Brecht said she's glad she can share her studio space with other people in the community.

"It's all about working together," she said.

Brecht said many of the vendors who sell their items at her shop are stay at home moms, retirees or just small business owners who don't have a storefront of their own.

Although Brecht doesn't charge the local vendors for space at the studio, she limits the space each is allowed to a 3-foot shelf on the wall.

Brecht has no problem adding additional shelves, but said she wants to keep the sale space quaint like it is, "I don't want a ton of stuff," she said.

Brecht said the sale area started when Liz Beukema had a few plants for sale from her Constant Color Perennials business, it grew from there with Heidi Van Nurden bringing in tutus, hats and headbands from her Pretty Girlie collection.

The "sale wall" has continued to grow, as Brecht's photography studio now features nearly a dozen local vendors.

Brecht said, "I want there to be variety," which is why she has yet to say no to anyone who has approached her about selling their product at her business.

The only item Brecht doesn't care to have in the studio is jewelry, and not because she doesn't love or appreciate the original pieces, but because she worries they would be too easy for a passerby to steal without notice.

Since September Brecht has added new vendors specializing in home decor, inexpensive stocking stuffers, seasonal plants and decorations as well as candles, to the wall of goodies.

One of the pieces she particularly enjoys are homemade aprons made from old denim jeans and other fun fabrics.

Brecht said she's even purchased a few of the items for sale on her wall.

Among the current vendors are:

• Pretty Girlie, Heidi Van Nurden's business, specializing in tutus, hats and headbands.

• Beyond Garden Gates, by Liz Beukema, specializing in a variety of plants and small trees. (Beukema is also opening a small greenhouse on Brecht's property this May).

• Delightful Creations, by Janet Delong, specializing in cards.

• The Hammond Library, selling gift jars of soups and coco and inexpensive children's gifts like animal-shaped hats, funky sunglasses and cups and plush hanging animals.

•Gina Johnson, who sells homemade decorative lighted wine bottles.

•Glad Meyer, selling unique aprons, towels and table runners.

•Karen Hlivka, selling small trees, centerpieces and wreaths.

•Mark Iverson, selling authentic holiday wreaths.

•Angela Blodgett, selling Scentsy candles and gifts.

•Leah Tritz, selling stylish Michi Brand handbags.

•Sandy Brecht also sells balloons for a wide range of events, in addition to her photography business.

Anyone from the community interested in selling their product at the studio can call Brecht at 715-796-2112; e-mail; or visit the studio at 940 Davis St., Hammond.

Brecht also encourages people to stop at the studio to checkout the wide variety of items for sale.

"If it pulls people in here, it works for me too," Brecht said.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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