Closing the door on a business that started from a simple idea, flourished into something no one imagined, will come with mixed emotions as Peter and Anthea Perry lock up for one last time on Sunday.
The Pickers Market was put up for sale about 12 months ago.
After six and a half years of operating a 7 day a week business, the couple is saying goodbye to the business, which was stocked full of products people had finished with but were able to continue its story with someone else.
Mrs Perry said the vision of the business exceeded expectations, despite a simplistic outlook at the beginning.
"To know Peter and I, is to know we don't look too far down the track," she said.
"We just take everything one step at a time and work on it from there.
"Most people in business always say this and I will too. It always ends up a lot bigger and more work than what you ever anticipate. That's not said in a negative. It's been an absolute pleasure and so much fun. The community, the site holders who came on board - their trust and faith in us has been remarkable."
Alongside the large variety and interesting items are a group of stallholders, some who had been there from the beginning of the store.
"When we first opened we thought it would just be the front showroom with storage out the back and slowly expand," Mrs Perry said.
"We had some site holders come on board, some who are still with us today and thought we would curtain off half of the back area and eventually expand into the rest.
"We ended up getting so much support for the shop we opened the full space from day one. That was remarkable and the fact so many people had so much faith in what we were doing when we were learning on the hop was staggering.
"Our business has been a real gift, it's just been fantastic."
Mrs Perry said despite the hard work, the business had also provided a life-experience for their three children, Jamie, Natalie and Madix.
"Our children had always been taught to throw conversation back at people and what customer service looks like," she said.
"They have learnt really valuable lessons over the years which will carry them through life.
"It hasn't come without a cost. For years they have helped out in the shop and accepted the business was always a high priority for the family which they often had to make sacrifices for.
"We're grateful and thankful that we were able to share the experience of the business with our children."
Reflecting over the journey, Mrs Perry said there were some "challenging" days along with the "wonderful" days.
"Every day for some time now the business has been part of our lives and part of our daily conversation," she said.
"It will be really interesting to see where we go to from here and how we will cope. We'll have to find something else to talk about.
"The Pickers certainly grew into something bigger than what we thought it would ever be and the challenge that came with that has been so much fun."
Mrs Perry said both the "local" and visiting support of the shop was overwhelming.
"There is a big push to shop local and I understand that," she said.
"If it was just shopping local, our business would have never survived. We had people wake up in Deniliquin or Melbourne and decide to travel to Stawell for the day just to visit the Pickers.
"We grew a really strong customer base from all over western Victoria.
"It was great being able to support Stawell tourism within our business."
When the doors are locked for the final time on Sunday, Mrs Perry said she would walk away from the shop with no regrets.
"I'm not someone who lives with regrets and I don't look backwards, only forwards," she said.
"I wouldn't change a thing. I come away with the best relationships, the best experiences and the best stories."
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