Ailce Strauss

You never know what you’ll find when you walk into Two Lady Packrats on Billings Mill Road in Tunkhannock Township. The shop, in an old barn, is owned by artist Alice Strauss and managed by her partner, Joanne Fiorito. It features an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles.

BIO

You never know what you’ll find when you walk into Two Lady Packrats on Billings Mill Road in Tunkhannock Township. The shop, in an old barn, is owned by artist Alice Strauss and managed by her partner, Joanne Fiorito. It features an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles.

Alice first started in 2000 with a barn sale, when neighbors stopped by to check out the merchandise and asked her to take their items on consignment. Items could include old tools and hardware like brass drawer pulls or special screws or vintage jewelry, glassware, and decorative items.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RSID), one of the nation’s top schools, Alice majored in textiles, then worked in printed design in New York City and Philadelphia. She also worked freelance in interior design and on smaller projects, such as cards and logos. Her talents extend to writing and illustrating children’s books, which she started as scrapbooks, special gifts for her two grandsons when they were little. “What if Ants Wore Orange Pants,” her first work, started out as “a couple of pictures, then it grew into an alphabet book as I added one or two pictures a year.” The personalized poems and messages evolved into a published condensed version after getting her family’s permission to share it.

Her illustrations are in a variety of media – watercolors, crayon, markers, pen and ink, and gouache, a water-based paint – “I use whatever makes me happy.” A friend prepared each page for printing on computer. Print copies are available locally at the Kitson Gallery on Tioga Street in Tunkhannock for $12.95, and also online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Two more books are in the works, as she’s still developing the illustrations.

In addition, many of Alice’s poems have appeared in the weekly “Pennysaver,” while her works can also be found on Facebook. Check the site for the pages “Two Lady Packrats” and “Alice J. Strauss, author.”

Two Lady Packrats is open Friday through Sunday afternoons. You can also message Alice through Facebook.