A Pig Sty worth sifting through

44_pigsty_5198THE PIG STY  — Pig Sty owner Amy Sullivan stands with one of her prized pigs inside her new business. Sullivan has been collecting pigs for as long as she can remember and has turned her love for not only pigs, but antiques and unique finds, into a nice business located at 308 N. Main St.  I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Chris and Amy Sullivan have opened the doors to their new business, The Pig Sty. Located at 308 N. Main, The Pig Sty offers furniture, décor, toys, books and much more.

Amy ran a photography studio out of the same location and began the shift into an antique and second hand store by collecting photography props and bringing out other items she has collected over the years. She comments, “I just keep digging stuff out from my stash.”

Commonly known as picking, Amy tells the I-O she has been “junking” for as long as she can remember. Beginning as just a young girl with her close friend Eileen Achtau two hours north of New York City, she continues to get merchandise from the east coast and all over the United States.

Her passion was encouraged by her in-laws Dan and Libby Sullivan who owned and operated a snowmobile dealership out of the same location. Her oldest sons, Joe, 12, and James, 15, continue to help with the constant rotation of merchandise. Youngster Jack, two, is her trusty assistant and can be found at his mom’s side “rearranging”.

Amy has an array of not only photography props to offer but also equipment and does still take passport photos. She will soon be accepting debit and credit cards.

The Pig Sty strives to keep prices low and Amy stresses that it is not a consignment store. She also says she doesn’t like to sit on things and is constantly rotating in new merchandise including big items such as a variety of furniture.

The Pig Sty is family friendly and has a kid’s corner complete with toys, books and children’s décor.

Chris works for his family’s company, Sullivan Bros. Construction which has been in business in Conrad for over 30 years. Chris is also a 1997 CHS graduate. Amy has an associate’s degree in commercial art and photography from Duchess Community College in New York.

The Pig Sty is open for their winter hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 12-6 p.m. They can be reached at 278-5469.