Just about everything is covered in animal prints at Palim’s — including owner Patty Womack, decked out in a faux leopard-skin vest.
“Gotta play the role,” Womack said.
Womack plays all the roles at Palim’s, including finding old furniture and accessories ripe for reusing, covering them in animal prints, manning the retail operation and marketing the whole venture.
It’s a new endeavor for Womack, who describes herself as a homemaker and grandmother from Clearwater.
She got the idea for the store after producing and selling similar items through Craigslist and at the Village Flea Market in southwest Wichita.
“I did a couple and they went so quick,” she said.
Eventually, she said she outgrew those venues and started looking for a commercial space.
“Our house looked like a warehouse,” she said.
She eventually found a location that fit her budget on West Second, in Delano and across the street from that well known red meatery Ty’s Diner. (“Good advertising,” Womack jokes, although she uses only faux animal skins.)
Womack redid the store’s interior herself, giving herself a work space in back and showing a flair for decorating in front. She opened Nov. 3.
A leopard-print rocker, snakeskin end table, cow-skin coffee table and alligator-print desk are among the pieces on display. Accessories include lamps, vases and mirrors. Zebra-print items get a whole room of their own, although Womack expresses no favoritism for one animal over another.
Womack said she finds furniture at thrift shops and other places.
“I’ve got modern, antique – just a variety of styles,” she said. Working in back, she patches pieces as needed, then covers them in prints.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
She’s promoting the store through a Facebook page and other means but says no website is planned because she doesn’t want to ship items. She hopes to work with area decorators looking for unusual pieces.
And with prices like $200 for a furry chair and ottoman, and $100 for an antique zebra-print rocker, she’s trying to move items as quickly as possible.
“I love doing it so I want to keep a steady flow going,” she said.