Its all too much

Too Much Stuff celebrates five years in Auburn
By: Gloria Young, Reporter
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Too Much Stuff

  • Where: Victorian Village Shopping Center, 1149 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn
  • Info: 530-885-9100
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Five-year anniversary celebration

  • When: Sunday, May 6
  • Parking lot sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendor spaces available for $20 each. To rent a space, call or visit the store.
  • Storewide sale May 1-15.

Collectibles have been a big part of Jeanne Cunningham’s life since she was a teenager.

“This is my passion,” she said. “I started going to Denio’s when I was 14 or 15 years old.”

In May, Cunningham will celebrate the five-year anniversary of her Auburn business, Too Much Stuff — Quality Second Hand Treasures.

Cunningham has been a Foresthill resident for 20 years and, prior to opening the Auburn store, was co-owner of PJ’s Collectibles in Foresthill for seven years.

Too Much Stuff is a treasure trove of vintage resale, with inventory mostly from estate and yard sales. The store, located in the Victorian Village Shopping Center on Highway 49, is run as a co-op. Cunningham has half the store and the other half is rented out to seven vendors.

“I always tell people we have designer purses all the way to rusty junk,” Cunningham said. “We have a lot of kitchen stuff, clothing, a lot of lady’s vintage hats and dresser mirrors.”

For the costume jewelry collector, there are five or six filled display cases to choose from. There’s some furniture, although the shop doesn’t carry large pieces.

“We always have bookshelves and small end tables. Occasionally we have dressers,” Cunningham said. “When we can, we do Pyrex and Corningware.”

The store has a lot of artwork and there’s a man cave corner with “a lot of things with history interest.”

One of her favorite items on display currently is a large steampunk lamp.

“It’s something between industrial and Victorian,” she said. “Everybody looks at it.”

For Cunningham, the  joy of the business is in the actual collecting and the interaction with her customers.

“It’s the thrill of the hunt,” she said. “And I really enjoy just talking to people when they come in. I get a lot of old folks who want to tell their stories.”