Beaufort couple turns old bus into retail jewelry store

Local business owners Kayla Derrick and Matt DeVito with their renovated vintage bus-turned-mobile-retail-store.

Local business owners Kayla Derrick and Matt DeVito with their renovated vintage bus-turned-mobile-retail-store.

Business owners Kayla Derrick and Matt DeVito have spent more than a year renovating a 1985 Chevrolet minibus for their jewelry business, Circa1910 Jewelry, and they’ve turned it into a full blown retail store.

“Circa1910 has been operating as a jewelry company for 4 years in April and we’re happy to be up and running with our mobile store for our four year anniversary,” said Kayla.

It appears as though they’ve went all out on the restoration and conversion of the bus. They’ve installed hardwood floors and a whitewashed wood ceiling along with built in cabinets, concrete style counter tops and reinvented countless cast-aside vintage furniture pieces into displays.

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“70% of our bus is created with materials that were once considered trash,” she added.  “For example, we used a driftwood tree turned up by Hurricane Matthew and bathroom cabinets taken from a house being renovated on Fripp Island. Our table was created from an antique door with added birch branch legs and a bench made from wood we found in a trash pile. Our sales counter was crafted from an old weathered door with a counter top made out of wood from another trash pile.”

There’s lots of ‘vintage’ inside this vintage bus.

“The bus itself was fairly run-down and filthy when we picked it up but is now a whimsical little store with a high-end feel.”

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The bus is definitely unlike any mobile boutique in the country.

Circa1910 sells locally-crafted jewelry, as well as art and home goods and will be traveling around Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

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“Our grand opening on April 2nd will be a fun event with giveaways and contests along with finger foods, drinks, music and so much more,” Kayla added.  “We’re looking forward to showing everyone the bus…and to getting rolling.”

If you want to visit Circa1910 and check out the bus and store, the grand opening will be held at 913 Boundary Street in Uptown Beaufort.

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