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Couple opens Enchanted Swap and Sell in Glencoe

Enchanted Swap and Sell, owned by Ashley and Matt Dols, and only open on weekends, sells personalized gifts, consignment clothing, wedding decor and — most importantly — hand-crafted items made by local crafters.
The idea to open a little store began to take shape after the couple got married last October.
“I had a ton of bridal decor left over, so we were going to do a big garage sale,” said Ashley Dols. “And then, instead, I was like ‘How cool would it be to have a little shop on the weekend?’ And we found this economical space and we filled about a fourth of it. But we needed to bring in more stuff, and that’s when we started going with the crafter idea.”
The couple posted on social media, asking around for any crafters who would be interested in being in their store. “We had a ton of people coming out of the woodwork which is great!” said Ashley Dols. “There are so many crafters in the Glencoe area. I think we originally started it to try to make some money off of our wedding decor, but then it changed to wanting to make a difference in the community.”
Right now, there are 15 crafters in Enchanted, with 22 crafters on the waiting list due to limited space. Business-designation crafters include Three Monkeys Boutique, Elements & Grain, Sawdust & Lace Designs, Vater Photography, Designs by SJP and Created by Crystal. There are some individual handcrafters, too, such as handcrafted jewelry by Doris, handcrafted cards by Rachel, handmade crochet work by Koreen and handmade blankets and glass angels by sisters Heidi and Holly.
Each weekend, Ashley and Matt Dols bring in new items, so the variety of gifts are always changing.
“When something sells in a little shop like this, we do a happy dance, but then our crafters do a happy dance, too,” said Ashley Dols.
For more about the new business, see the Oct. 18 print edition of The Chronicle.