Sara Vallandingham, owner of Sara’s House in Hamilton
Cincy Chic: When did Sara’s House open?
Sara Vallandingham, Owner of Sara’s House: We launched Sara’s House more than two years ago in February 2012. We started out at Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center in Fairfield Township, but have recently moved into downtown Hamilton. We are now located in a beautifully restored building right on the corner of High Street and 3rd in the historical district, 254 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio, 45011, to be exact.
Cincy Chic: What is the inspiration behind Sara’s House?
Vallandingham: Moving into a city that is focused on restoration and a building with incredible character works so well with the inspiration that drives our business. We are a home decor and gift shop that caters to all things creative, repurposed, original, restored and unique. We believe in the beauty of raw materials that once were intended for a certain purpose, but now can be used and appreciated from a different angle; such as a lamp made from an antique fan or camera.
Cincy Chic: What do you offer customers who visit your store?
Vallandingham: We seek to offer our customers beautiful, often one-of-a-kind items that are both functional and conversational. We love watching our customers laugh as they pick up a specialty piece and say something like, “My grandmother had these antique glass doorknobs, but don’t they make great wine bottle stoppers!”
Cincy Chic: What makes Sara’s House unique?
Vallandingham: Our uniqueness is displayed everyday with an ever changing inventory. But I believe we are most unique in the fact that we are a true family business. Most days you will find me working the shop, rearranging, restyling or working behind the counter. My husband makes the majority of our repurposed items such as lamps, tables, wall hangings and various furniture pieces. Our kids can often be found ringing up a sale or helping load in the day’s newest addition.
Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points?
Vallandingham: We love keeping our prices reasonable. You will alway be able to find a great piece of jewelry or locally made soap for a little over $5, and leave with it beautifully packaged in a Sara’s House gift bag. If your looking for a totally original piece of furniture or lighting, you can expect to find it priced very fairly. Whether you spend $5 or $500, we feel certain that you will leave pleased.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Sara’s House?
Vallandingham: We are in the business of being a quaint, local shop that provides a comfortable and inspiring experience for our customers. But we also love the idea of taking our store out into the community. We offer on-site decorating consultations and services, and my husband is a vendor at the City Flea, in Over The Rhine under his business’ name, 9 Lives Furniture.