“When I first started working, I began in fashion. I worked for a store called The Vogue in Sandersville and they used to have a store in Milledgeville a long time ago. I was also in the medical field for many years before I returned to fashion,” Renfroe said. “Before I started working with Villane, I was a customer at the store and I just couldn’t believe how unique everything was and how great the prices were. Everything was unique to the store, and you couldn’t just go anywhere and pick up the same thing that Villane’s had.”
Currently, prices for all items throughout the entire boutique are 50 percent off, including earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, sunglasses, hair accessories and displays.
“We announced our closing on Facebook on Monday [last week] and already three-fourths of our stuff is gone,” Waldhauer said Friday. “We still have plenty left, but it has gone so quickly. Our regular customers are showing their support, and they’re stocking up personally and they’re buying gifts for others.”
As the merchant's neighbor, The 42nd Floor owners Adam and Lindsey Smith will take over the soon-to-be vacant space to expand their print-making business. They hope to begin renovations immediately after Villane’s Jewelry is completely empty in order to open the larger store by the beginning of April.
“I’m going to miss downtown, the people and our customers. I’ve reconnected with so many people here that knew me when I was a little girl, and the young people that know my children,” Waldhauer said. “After we close, I hope to increase some of my nursing hours at Gray Health & Rehabilitation, and get back to China painting and glasswork.”
The store will continue to operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 5 p.m. Saturday before officially closing up shop Saturday, March 16.