A Lighthearted Life: JeRena Handy

By Leslie Moore

A Lighthearted Life: JeRena Handy

JeRena Handy, Flamingo Porch

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from Rocky Mount, Virginia, a little town about 30 miles south of Roanoke. After my mom died in ’08 and dad in ’09, we decided to buy a small vacation home in Garden City. Not too long afterward, the place my husband Harold (everyone calls him Hillbilly) and I really wanted became available, so we bought it and decided to move here permanently. Soon we realized we didn’t have enough room and bought a condo in Garden City that we love!

Harold and I have been married since 1999. I was widowed in 1988 and have one son, Shad, who lives in Austin, Texas. We have 2 grandsons and 3 granddaughters. We also have a Peekapoo named Amy JeRena – she only weighs six pounds and is worthless! I always wanted to name my little girl Amy JeRena…she never came along so I named my dog Amy JeRena!

What are your July 4th plans?

Since we moved here, we’ve spent the 4th with my husband’s granddaughters, Imari and Nora. Last year, Imari turned seven, and we went to Carolina Opry. She got to wear makeup and heels because I allowed her to be 17 that night, plus she ordered a Shirley Temple at dinner. This year she wants to go again, and sit on the front row, and hopes she’ll be picked out of the audience. She sang every song the performers sang. Finally I told her not to sing loud it would bother the people next to her. It was a perfect night for Grandma and Imari! Nora gets to go this year.

What’s the best trip you’ve ever taken? Any travel plans in the works?

I think it was when Harold and I drove to Austin, Texas, to visit my son. Then, we took our time and came back through Louisiana. I love Cajun country, they are wonderful people.

By the time you read this, we’ll be back, but we’re preparing to leave for a fun vacation. We’re meeting friends in Virginia, flying to South Dakota, taking a tour on a bus out west. I am excited to go to Montana–I have family that lives there. After that, we’re taking a train to Chicago and finally a plane back to Roanoke to pick up our granddaughters for their July 4th visit! I am blessed with my staff at the store — they will do a better job without me!

What’s new and exciting at Flamingo Porch?

According to my manager, Rick, it’s like Dick’s Last Resort around here because we cut up and have so much fun! I opened the store in January of 2014. After retiring from selling insurance, I had booths at a few places locally, but a friend of mine encouraged me to open my own place – I wouldn’t have done it without her support. I was trying to find a name, and combined two names I liked to make Flamingo Porch. We really have a flamingo porch in the store, complete with everyone’s favorite flamingo, Flossy! I’ve been offered $800 for Flossy, but we won’t sell her!

We have only the highest quality consigned furniture; all upholstery has been professionally cleaned since coming into the store. You get truly unique items in a consignment store – home décor items from around the world at only a fraction of the original price. Something new for us is a line of beach décor that’s fun and reasonably priced – look for many unique surprises coming soon! Stop by and see us – my staff, Rick, Dana, Patty, Dennis and Tim, are the best!

Flamingo Porch is located at 752 Mink Avenue in Murrells Inlet in THE MARKET with Food Lion, 17 bypass and 707. Flamingo Porch is open 10 am-5 pm, Monday-Saturday and by appointment (or by chance) on Sunday. Contact JeRena at 843-651-9570 or visit www.flamingoporch.com. Check us out on Facebook for new consignments to the store and please leave your comments!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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