Desiree Franco’s presence on 12th Street predates the Astoria Sunday Market, when she was working with her mother. But Franco, a transplant from Beaverton, opened her own shop in early 2012 selling all manner of antiques and collectibles. Eglantine’s Attic, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday., can be reached on its Facebook and Etsy pages under Eglantine’s Attic.

What do you do?

“I sell vintage and collectable items of just about every kind. I also sell e-cigarettes; I branched out into that. That’s basically what I do here. If you look around, you’ll see just about everything. I don’t specialize in any one type of collectible. A lot of it is my mother’s work. She’s been collecting for years and years. I get my stuff mostly through garage sales. Some of it is my sister’s items.”

How did you get started doing this?

“I needed a job; I couldn’t find a job in Astoria. I used to be a computer tech in Beaverton, and I decided to move down here with my daughter, who was 9 at the time, and couldn’t find a job, so I decided to make one. I had been here before the (Astoria Sunday) Market started 12 years ago. My mother and I had started at this location. There was no sign, but I knew the building was vacant. So I asked around and found the owner’s name and number and called him, and he was renting.”

What is the volume of your business?

“In the winter, I’ve got to depend on the locals, and I have a lot of repeat customers that come back once every month or so to see what new things I put out. I get a lot of tourists, people from Portland, sometimes Seattle. People in their 20s and 30s seem to be the real big collectors now, as opposed to the older people. I used to be the only person open on the block on Sundays, so I got most of the business. But now with the market here, there’s no visibility and I don’t get as much business. It’s real slow in December. The spring was good last year, and it’s good this year. The volume drops off about November.”

How does the economy and the weather affect your business?

“If the weather’s too good, I don’t get any business. Everybody’s rushed out to enjoy it, since it doesn’t happen all the time around here. The economy seemed like it was really slow, but now it seems like it’s picking up. People are more willing to spend money than they were before. The volume we were doing here 12 years ago was much better than it is now. I was probably doing five times the volume, at least, 12 years ago than I am right now. That could just be eBay and other sources. It’s hard to say if it’s just the economy.”

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