‘It has been such fun’

Thrift shop owner pleased af­ter nearly first full year in busi­ness

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY JULIE COLLINS

Lisa Ma­cLeod loves to tell the story of how her thrift shop got its name.

“My hus­band Ger­ald re­tired from lob­ster fish­ing two years ago af­ter 30 years. The name of his boat, the Knot Too Bad, came from his fa­ther who died from lung can­cer,” she said. “No mat­ter how bad his dad felt, when we asked him how he was, the re­sponse was al­ways ‘oh, not too bad,’ even if he was feel­ing aw­ful.”

When her hus­band sold his boat, Ma­cLeod said she de­cided to name her new shop Knot Too Bad and help keep the mem­ory of his dad alive.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve how many peo­ple come in the shop, and when I ask how they are, most often their re­sponse is ‘not too bad’ — it’s just a dif­fer­ent spell­ing.”

Ma­cLeod opened her shop on July 19 and it wasn’t long be­fore she de­cided to re­main open year-round.

She said her first sum­mer was crazy amaz­ing, the fall was good and the win­ter was a lit­tle slow, which she ex­pected.

“I’ll con­tinue to stay open in the win­ter for the com­mu­ni­ties north of Smokey, to give them another place to shop. I ended up be­ing open four days a week dur­ing the win­ter months, which worked out well,” she said.

“Hav­ing a place to go gets peo­ple out of the house and they seem to like the con­ve­nience of hav­ing this type of shop close to home.”

Prior to open­ing her busi­ness, Ma­cLeod was happy as a stayat-home mom.

“My 10-year-old son James is re­ally shy and be­ing in the shop helps him come out of his shell,” Ma­cLeod said. “I have an older daugh­ter Kayla, who also helps me in the shop, and my hus­band ren­o­vated the shop from a free-stand­ing build­ing on the prop­erty, so the whole fam­ily is in­volved in some way.”

Ma­cLeod said she of­fers a va­ri­ety of gen­tly used cloth­ing, along with un­usual items and what she likes to re­fer to as knick-knacks.

“Af­ter be­ing a stay-at-home mom for the past decade, it was so nice to talk to adults again,” she said. “This is crazy that at age 46, I de­cided to open a small busi­ness. My mother used to laugh be­cause I’m not a cloth­ing type per­son, but I al­ways look for bar­gains and it has been such fun.”

To keep track of where her cus­tomers are from, Ma­cLeod asks them to sign a can­vas board.

“We get a lot of tourists from all over Canada and the U.S. and as far away as Italy and the U.K.”

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Lisa Ma­cLeod gets a wel­come visit from her hus­band Ger­ald in her thrift shop Knot Too Bad in In­go­nish.

Along with gen­tly used cloth­ing, the Knot Too Bad thrift shop in In­go­nish of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of mer­chan­dise in­clud­ing books, glass­ware and jewelry.

Lisa Ma­cLeod’s thrift shop, Knot Too Bad in In­go­nish, is open for busi­ness.

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