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Heather's Hutch has a stock of new and used items, including new shoes and footwear still in the box.

Joshua Thomas
Heather's Hutch has a variety of new and used items, including electronics and knick-knacks.

Joshua Thomas
A significant selection of collectible Hess vehicles are on sale at Heather's Hutch.

Joshua Thomas
Heather's Hutch has a variety of new and used items, including electronics and knick-Knacks.


Heather's Hutch aims to supply "a little bit of what everybody needs"

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Updated: 1:53 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Heather's Hutch, a new and used shop, opened recently at 6646 State Route 5, Fort Plain. Owner Heather Murphy said it has been a longtime dream to open such a shop, the main goal being to provide "a little bit of what everybody needs" at affordable prices.

The business' stock is always changing and growing. Currently, the store has a huge variety of items for sale, including name brand clothing from Mossimo, Hollister, Aeropostale and American Eagle. The store also stocks men's business suits, ladies slacks, baby clothing and new footwear still in the box in many styles and sizes.

Heather's Hutch also stocks new and used electronics, including game systems, phone and tablet chargers, games and DVDs. The store also has a huge selection of random items and knick knacks, including a surprisingly expansive selection of collectible items, such as commemorative vehicles annually released by Hess.

Murphy decided to rent the business about two months ago when she was given the opportunity to sell the antiques in the location -- formerly Edan Antiques. Murphy sold most of the antique furniture to a local dealer, freeing up significant space about a month ago, at which point she filled it with her stock, which she's acquired through a variety of means. Family and friends have provided items, and Murphy said that she herself has been, for years, saving and packaging possessions of her own.

Murphy said she tries to keep prices down, around the same level as the Salvation Army. She said she understands how hard it can be for families to keep their children dressed in nice clothing, the price of which is always rising.

"I'm always looking for deals. I've got three kids, and I know it's not always easy," she commented, explaining of her goal, "I want to help locals, because a lot of people can't afford to go name brand."

Exercising the spirit of community, Murphy said that the owner of Linda's Place, Linda Scaffidi-Fonti, has "helped me out a lot." Scaffidi-Fonti will send people to Heather's Hutch if she knows Murphy deals in something she doesn't -- for instance, electronics -- and vice versa. When Murphy comes across a customer looking for items Linda's Place specializes in, such as formal wear, she'll send them there.

"Helping local is how I want to be," she explained, adding, "I'm more or less here to sell things to people at a decent price."

Murphy also said, "If we don't have it, you can always ask and I can probably find it."

She also explained that she has plans to expand in the future. She noted that a friend recently purchased property about two miles down the road toward St. Johnsville, where she hopes to build a two-story structure to hold the ever-expanding merchandise stock after she's been successfully open for about a year.

Heather's Hutch has daily deals, especially on weekends. This weekend, Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12, there will be a 50 percent off sale on all clothing, footwear, purses and scrubs, and 25 percent off all electronics on the wall including game systems, household items and more.

To contact Heather's Hutch, call (518) 844-3364. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Heather's Hutch has a Facebook page where you can keep up to date on all the business' unique deals.

Joshua Thomas - Heather's Hutch Owner Heather Murphy aims to provide a place where people can purchase a variety of items at affordable prices.

Joshua Thomas - Heather's Hutch has an always-growing variety of clothing on sale.


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