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July 31, 2012

Pickers Paradise

The Tick Ridge home of Steve & Sue Wilson is a testament to their love of collectibles

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She sold the greenhouses three years ago, but continues to maintain one alongside her other buildings. She sells starter plants out of it and raises produce to sell at the Somerset Mall Farmer’s Market.
Early on, she furnished mums to the nearby Haney’s Orchard, giving her business greater exposure to people from all across the state and increasing traffic to her store.
“I advertised for the first two years I was here, but never had to after that due to word of mouth….which is the best advertising. Many days the parking lot here is full.”
Her busy life also includes serving as custodian at Walnut Hill Elementary in Casey County. She reports to the school near Liberty each weekday afternoon throughout the school year, after maintaining hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at her store.
She is in her ninth year with the school system, where Steve has been employed as a bus driver. He will begin working for Wayne County schools this fall, transporting students from the Jabez area to Nancy Elementary.
High school sweethearts, the couple will have been wed 43 years in November and are parents of one daughter, Kia, 39, who lives nearby with her daughter, Angela, eight.
The Wilson residence, built in the 1940s by the late Finley Lane, is wall-to-wall antiques in every room. Among the most cherished possessions is a kitchen cabinet that belonged to Sue’s grandmother, Nettie Allen.
“I love antiques, especially primitives,” she says, stating the obvious.
One of her most unique items of local interest is a dining table from the old Hotel Beecher in downtown Somerset.
Wilson says she doesn’t miss day-to-day involvement with her greenhouses because of the demanding nature of the business. “It’s a gamble, having greenhouses. People just don’t realize how much work goes into that.”

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