TIME FOR A BREAK: Marjorie Crittenden will soon close the doors of her Kingaroy craft store after 39 years.
TIME FOR A BREAK: Marjorie Crittenden will soon close the doors of her Kingaroy craft store after 39 years.

Kingaroy business to close doors after 39 years

CRITTENDEN’S Craft and Fabric store first opened way back on November 1, 1980.

Owner Marjorie Crittenden recalled just how different things were back then.

“It was initially just a craft supplier,” she said.

“It went very well, I had a lot of stock.

“When all these junk shops came to the country, we lost all our warehouses so I went into fabrics.”

After 39 years, Marjorie has decided to close the doors to her Markwell St store by Christmas this year.

CLOSING TIME: Marj Crittenden opened her Kingaroy craft store back in 1980.
CLOSING TIME: Marj Crittenden opened her Kingaroy craft store back in 1980.

Closing the store, which her husband Graham built, was never going to be an easy decision.

“It’ll be sad when we close the doors,” she said.

“There are a lot of nice people out there.

“A lot of people have come in and wished me well and given me a hug and a kiss.”

Marjorie, 86, said she had come to terms with the fact that what she has done for so long was soon about to end.

“My body says it’s time to get out so I did,” she said.

MEMORIES: Graham and Marjorie Crittenden will miss a lot of things about the business.
MEMORIES: Graham and Marjorie Crittenden will miss a lot of things about the business.

Marjorie, who first moved to Kingaroy when she was only three, said they had no intentions of moving away from the area.

“We are going to stay home and do something at home,” she said.

“We’ve been all around the world over the years.

“I’ll be happy to just have a rest.”

The Crittenden’s Craft and Fabric store is having a closing down sale in the car park next to the store on December 7 and 8 from 9am to 3pm.

As closing day draws near, Marjorie had some final words to pass on to her beloved customers.

“Thank you for all your patronage,” she said.

“Thank you for coming into the shop and talking to me and buying stuff.

“That’s what I will miss most, the people.”