We started The Bent Nickel in 2006 as a small home-based business selling handcrafted home decor & refreshed furniture at local craft shows. Our early days involved a lot of sawdust, painting, and hunting down "trash to treasure" pieces to refresh. Most of the work was done during our son's naps and after he went to bed.
One year later, we began the amazing journey of homeschooling our son. Because of my (Diana) "all or nothing" personality, I made the hard decision to put The Bent Nickel on hold for the next 11 years.
Once our son graduated, we decided to start the business back up. Living in the heart of a small town right on Main Street, we set a tent up in our front yard once a month from May through October in 2019 as a Pop-Up Shop. All of our original products were handcrafted by us. (more sawdust, paint, etc.)
Then an unimaginable opportunity came our way! In September of 2019, we were approached by Warm Glow Candle Co. to have a shop space in their amazing building. Honestly, we were not in a position to afford such a risk with a yearly rental contract, BUT GOD knew this. He arranged for us to receive a completely unexpected monetary gift just 2 days earlier that covered our first year's rent! That made our decision much easier... ;)
We set up shop inside Warm Glow Candle Co. September 11, 2019. Our little 100 square foot space was just the beginning! In January 2020, we were able to expand to a larger space of almost 300 square feet. We feel so blessed to share space with such a great local destination!
From June 2020 until August 2021, I (Diana) had the privilege of working for Warm Glow Candle Co. full time as our family's finances had drastically changed. But, after MUCH prayer, we decided to trust God completely as I quit my full time job and went ALL IN with The Bent Nickel.
We are so excited to see what God has in store for the future of The Bent Nickel! More importantly, we feel honored to be given this opportunity to pour into your heart so you can continue spilling over to those you love!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Diana & Jassen