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Lake Nebagamon shop offers bargain treasures

Gail's Vintage and Used Cargo has something for everyone at 6476 S. Degerman Road.

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Gail Follis is prepares for the grand opening of Gail's Vintage and Used Cargo in Lake Nebagamon. The shop opens on Saturday, June 18.
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LAKE NEBAGAMON — Whether customers are looking to outfit a mancave or just looking for finishing touches to brighten up their homes, Gail’s Vintage and Used Cargo in Lake Nebagamon has options available at reasonable prices.

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The children's section of Gail's Vintage and Used Cargo offers vintage and newer treasures for little tikes.
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For owner Gail Follis, the fun is watching people walk away with a good deal — and hunt for bargain treasures.

“I’m excited to open this up,” Follis said. “I’ve been working hard at it.”

Located at 6476 S. Degerman Road, the shop adjacent to Follis’ home is jam packed with just about anything one could need: furnishings, kitchenware, jewelry, clothes, musical instruments and collectibles too numerous to mention. She offers bar signs, keg tap handles and tools geared toward men and vintage toys to delight any child’s imagination. For grownups who like to be entertained, there’s music and movies also on hand.

“I want to have something for everyone,” Follis said.

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Follis amassed the collection through auctions and a service she provides to help with moving, estate and downsizing sales.

“During the pandemic, there was a lot of people needing to get rid of stuff, and I just kept buying and buying and buying,” Follis said. “This is really good right now because there are a lot of people who are looking for things; they don’t have to buy new.”

With inflation taking a toll on many people, Follis said she looks for good deals to pass along to her customers.

“Before I had a real job, I kind of dabbled in it a little bit,” Follis said. She said she would go to rummage sales and pick up items.

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Entering Gail's Vintage and Used Cargo at 6476 S. Degerman Road gives a sense of the variety that is available in the secondhand shop.
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Then Follis said she got her start in earnest about three years ago when she retired after 30 years working for Lakehead Pipeline, now Enbridge, working in a 20-foot by 20-foot shed on the property.

At the time, she said she needed to be closer to home because of her husband’s health issues, but she still needed something to do.

Last year, she decided to build a larger building to give the business a go.

“I had enough to fill it up,” she said. “I like the search and the hunt and just the history of things. Every day when I get something new, I research it and I learn, and I learn … I just like doing it. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning now that I’m alone.”

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The grand opening is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

“I hope that everyone who comes here can find their treasure that they’re looking for or something that they need,” Follis said. “If somebody can find something that make them happy, that makes me happy.”

After the grand opening, Gail’s Vintage and Used Cargo will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, or by appointment by calling 218-391-1052 or emailing arfgmf@charter.net .

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From tools and outdoor gear to bar signs for the mancave, Gail Follis said she wants to ensure men enjoy shopping and don't get bored at Gail's Vintage and Used Cargo.
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Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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