Joyce Renfro and Kim Naydol
These two ladies have been part of the River City family since we opened in 1994. From the Tulsa area, they are crafters, diY'ers, painters, buyers, sellers, and collectors. Please meet the Mother/Daughter Duo who adore each other. Joyce Renfro and daughter, Kim Naydol! JR68
RCTP: How did you get started in this business?
Joyce: I started out doing hair when I was 17 years old. I've always been a crafty person and have always bought and sold antiques and crafts. I started doing shows and have been here for 21 years. Kim was 10 years old. Most people know me from the Tulsa Flea Market. I still have people who know me from shows.
Kim: She would take me out of school to help set up displays at “Affair of the Heart” and
“War Eagle”. We would sit up half of the night to paint and make things.
Joyce: I would be up until 4:00 a.m. with Spanish Moss all over the hotel. (laughing)
RCTP: What do you collect?
Kim: Jadeite and all kinds of McCoy Planters. I collect rubber squeak toys, but dishes are my main thing.
Joyce: Kim started collecting when it was inexpensive. Martha Stewart ruined Jadeite for everyone. (laughing)
Kim: I am more fluid with my collections. I don't hang on to them. Anything Green is my favorite. Mom likes keeping the same stuff.
Joyce: My husband calls me a hoarder.
RCTP: Do you compete with each other at sales?
Kim: No, not really. We like to do a lot of the same things so we compare notes.
RCTP: How do you complement each other?
Kim: I followed in her footsteps. We like the same things. That's the best form of flattery. I think I am pushy with Mom. I try to get her out of her comfort zone.
RCTP: What is your favorite thing about River City?
Joyce: The variety and the fact that it's always changing.
Kim: My favorite thing is to shop here. I usually don't have a lot of time. Shopping here is my favorite thing, I think. I am constantly promoting
RCTP. “You've got to check out this place!"
RCTP: Of all the movie characters you have seen, which one do you believe is the most like you?
Kim: Wow, that's a hard one. I've always liked Scarlett O’Hara. I've always wanted to be a brunette.
She's bold and brash.
Joyce: I probably need to be on “I can't think of anybody”. (laughing)
RCTP: What find has been your favorite treasure?
Kim: My vintage wedding candelabras. They have a silver patina. I love them and had to have them. It's unexpected in my home.
Joyce: How many sets of Red Transfer-ware do I have? (laughing) We are obviously both dish fanatics. Also, my family's antique table and chairs that were brought from Kentucky to Oklahoma when my ancestors settled here. My Mother ended up selling the chairs for $10.00 a piece!! Later, I was able to buy them back for 10.00 a piece. (smiling)
RCTP: Five things you can't live without:
Joyce: Diet Cola, Mexican Food, I-Pad, and T.V. (I couldn't live without it)
Kim: Coffee, Chinese Food, Chap Stick, Cell Phone and Jewelry
RCTP: Did you collect anything as a child?
Joyce: I remember one thing. It was paper dolls. We would go to TG&Y at Utica and buy 10 Cent Paper Dolls.
Kim: I collected dolls. Madame Alexander
RCTP: What advice would you give to new dealers?
Joyce: I would say keep your booth full and well stocked. I like variety so if you limit yourself to one thing, it may be harder to sell. Check your prices. If you have something too long, move it out. If you keep it too long, people may get bored with your booth. Buy what you love. Everybody has their own passion. I would say keep up with the trends. People come to find the unexpected, not just your grannies glasses. It's a work in progress but eventually, you'll figure it out.