Will be missed

The women of Gramma’s Attic enjoyed their last day in the store together by having a small party as they prepared everything for closing. Pictured are, from left, Jeanne Bueltel, Dorothy Hardee, Michele Harris, and Peggy Growe.

Rockport will lose one of its go to destinations for antique and vintage items in Gramma’s Attic. The store opened its doors to the public for the last time Sunday, Dec. 8 in downtown Rockport, 415 S. Austin St., Suite 3.

Gramma’s Attic Owner Dorothy Hardee first opened her doors in 2006. For 13 years, collectors of all ages searched for an undiscovered treasure looking around Hardee’s store. Many of her customers could recall moments from their childhood as they walked down the memory lane that was Gramma’s Attic.

“It (store) was a social event,” said Hardee. “I met a lot of people, they come and visit me here, and I just loved it.”

Hardee simply stated it was time to retire and is ready to move on after a long, but memorable 13 years.

“I had cancer twice, and this shop got me through the cancer,” said Hardee. “I needed this shop.”

As Hardee was readying her store for what would be its last days, she wanted to give back a Christmas blessing to the community she loves.

Hardee donated all of her aluminum cookware to the American Legion Post 363. She also donated more than 100 books to the Aransas County Public Library and donated her beloved Coca-Cola Christmas Village to Gulf Point Nursing Home.

Additionally, Hardee hosted a raffle for a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree. All proceeds for the raffle will be donated to Castaways.

Lastly, all inventory that was left in her store Sunday, Dec. 8 will be donated. Castaways will receive a percentage of it, but most of the items will be donated to Sacred Heart Elementary.

Hardee spent the last day at her store with many of her friends, and coworkers that became a huge part of her life.

“I’ve met some wonderful people,” said Hardee. “This complex has wonderful tenants and I’ve met some wonderful people in it.”

Hardee said she intends to do a lot of traveling during her retirement. Next May, Hardee and her husband will leave on a trip to San Francisco for her 70th birthday.

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