The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday for Second Fiddle, a vintage and handmade decor store located at 119 N. First St., Pierceton. Photo by Leah Sander, InkFreeNews.
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday for Second Fiddle, a vintage and handmade decor store located at 119 N. First St., Pierceton. Photo by Leah Sander, InkFreeNews.
PIERCETON — Those looking for vintage and handmade home decor can find it at Second Fiddle in Pierceton.

The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting for the shop, located at 119 N. First St., on Tuesday.

Second Fiddle sells antiques, including furniture, and items made by owner Tammy Neel. The store recently expanded its inventory with another large room.

Neel started out selling items through pop-up shops in Upland and Columbia City, where she currently lives. Second Fiddle opened in Pierceton on Mother's Day of this year.

"We were looking for a storefront," said Neel. "We were talking to Kelsea (DeGaetano) at Kelsea Designs one day and she was like, 'There might be a place,' and she found this and we moved in a week later."

She explained how she came to sell what she does.

"I started sewing. My husband is a shopaholic and would buy a lot of vintage items and so we made those into products like bags, tablecloths, pillows and sold them and then we've just expanded into a lot of quirky vintage items, antiques, fun things that we like and now we've expanded more into furniture and quilts," she said.

Neel is also selling food through the business.

"Because of the need, we serve coffee ... then I make cookies and scones and boxed lunches every day as well," she added.

Her husband, Rob Neel, assists by finding antiques to sell.

"I love that, finding cool stuff, and I look for the weird, quirky stuff that I'm thinking, 'Yeah, this is strange. Yeah, this might go in the shop,'" he said.

Tammy said she hopes her customers enjoy "the experience" of the store and "that it brings back memories of childhood and that they can value one-of-a-kind items and homemade items and that also it's just a good place to bring your friends and sit down and have a cup of coffee."

The store's name comes from a Biblical passage in Romans "where it talks about you should practice having hospitality and being second fiddle, so helping others succeed, helping others and so kind of being in the background," she said.

"So that's kind of my jam," she said.

Rob praised the business community in Pierceton.

"This business community is unlike anything else I've ever been part of and it really is a community of business owners," he said. Rob cited how businesses will refer people to other stores in Pierceton that have something they don't have.

"Because, for us, it is that we're kind of a business community and we're encouraging each other and that's really been a wonderful feel. It's not competitive, it's encouraging," he said.

"And we're excited to be in Pierceton," he continued, adding that he and Tammy used to shop in Pierceton while they were dating in the 1980s.

"So when this became available, we were like, 'Hey, let's be a part of helping reclaim the heritage and just the fun factor of Pierceton,' and so that's what we've really tried to embrace," said Rob.

Hours for Second Fiddle are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.