Vintage vendor displays unique inventory of oddities

February 20, 2019

It’s home to decades worth of nostalgia.

Renee Kosch has made a name for herself in the world of vintage fineries. She and her daughter, Nicole Kosch, sell all kinds of oddities at Renee’s Same As It Ever Was.

The origins of the shop date back to the purchase of brand new jewelry from a defunct shop in Omaha that was put up for auction. With an abundance of inventory, Renee Kosch set up shop online at the digital auction house eBay. Then, in 2008, she launched a physical storefront.

Today the store resides at 530 N. Fifth St. in David City. The location was formerly home to Mamamoo Cow’s Fabric Store. From time to time, Nicole Kosch said the shop still gets calls from people requesting clothing repairs.

The store primarily specializes in jewelry and glassware but also carries antiques ranging from the 1800s to the 1980s. The popularity and value of particular items can change rapidly. Nicole Kosch said 1960s and ’70s memorabilia are currently hot ticket items.

“Antiques are very much like the stock market,” Nicole Kosch said. “They go up and down all the time.”

While most purchases are from collectors, the shop also has more unique clientele. Several of its items have been sold and used as props on television shows. Renee Kosch said a producer from the show “Chicago Hope” bought a set of Art Deco lights, and a producer from “Mad Men” purchased a couple vintage blankets to use in production.

“It’s really cool because you get to talk to a producer of a TV show,” Renee Kosch said. “They see our stuff online and they like it, like the price.”

Many of the store’s items have a unique story to tell. For a time, a wedding dress dating back to the late 1800s called Renee’s home. Renee Kosch purchased it from an 85-year-old woman who inherited it from her late mother. Because she had no one else to pass it on to, the dress, along with a photo of the married couple, was put up for auction. The dress was on display in the shop for five years until it was bought by a woman from Beatrice. Renee Kosch said she donated the piece to a museum.

Over time, the majority of the business’s sales have shifted online. Renee Kosch said 95 percent of purchases come from eBay and its website. Each week, they ship out between 30 to 100 packages to customers all across the country.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information on its inventory, those interested are encouraged to visit www.reneessameasiteverwas.com.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.