MUSCATINE, Iowa–For almost seven years, the Wild Thing, located at 122 West Second Street, Muscatine, has provided a unique and enjoyable shopping experience in downtown Muscatine. A cooperative featuring a wide variety of vintage items, people of all sorts enjoyed coming in and finding new treasures to take home with them. Recently, owner Meg Summitt decided to update her store’s name to Meg’s Vintage Collective to better reflect what makes it so special. “Of course, Meg is my name, and it’s a derivative of the word pearl, so it fit the bill,” she detailed. Summitt also added vintage collective to highlight what kinds of goods the store sells and how many different sellers make it up. “I’m hoping this gives a little more clarity about what we do,” she added.
Though Summitt’s store may have a new name, Meg’s Vintage Collective will continue to offer all of the fun vintage items people know it for. With about 20 different vendors each with their own area of the store, people of all ages and with any interest can find something they love. “We really have something for everyone, and that’s something I’m very proud of,” said Summitt.
Currently, Summitt has found people have a lot of interest in old Muscatine High School yearbooks and other Muscatine specific memorabilia. However, she reminds shoppers that Meg’s Vintage Collective has everything from decorative items, to clothing, to housewares, making it a one stop shop for all things vintage. “It’s really turned into a vintage department store,” she beamed.
In the past year, to help her business thrive after COVID-19 closures and to help get the word out about its name change, Summitt joined the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has found their help invaluable. “They just really have a great crew at the chamber, and they’re just doing a lot of really great things, and they really help me a lot.”
With downtown businesses bouncing back after a difficult year and many new business owners looking to start up shop, Summitt believes that, with the continued support of the chamber, downtown Muscatine will continue to grow and improve. “I can see the future, and it’s very bright!” she enthused.
A Muscatine resident all her life, Summitt loves seeing her hometown thrive. She also values the opportunity to run her own local business in a place whose rich history and great natural beauty mean a lot to her. “Muscatine is the only one in the world, and it’s special,” she stressed.
-Whether you grew up in Muscatine and would like to take a walk down memory lane, or experience some of its history firsthand for the first time, you cannot go wrong at Meg’s Vintage Collective. Currently, you can stop in, say hello to Summitt and browse each vendor’s items Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In the future, Summitt says she may add additional hours on Sundays as well.