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TJ’s Treasures features nostalgia, gifts galore in new Tama store

October 21, 2010
By John Speer, Editor
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Elvis has NOT left the building. TJ’s Treasures building in Tama, that is.

You’ll find likenesses of him, many other 50’s era stars and a whole lot more at Tammy J. Tomlinson-Mull and Mike McOmber’s new store at 5th and State (U.S. 63) streets on downtown Tama’s north side.

A great new black and white checkered floor in keeping with the 1950s theme brings many compliments Tomlinson-Mull says. It was just part of the updating of the former All-In-1 Convenience Store they have done since buying the building in October, 2008.

“It was really in good shape, mainly just some painting,” Mull-Tomlinson said.

But the line of merchandise they’ve been assembling since acquiring the property is the real story.

You’ll find antiques and collectibles, handmade jewelry by Jennifer Kucera, wedding and baby gifts and a line of Red Hat Ladies items.

There’s hobby and craft items including ceramics, many more gift items and consignments are accepted.

Among the collectibles you’ll find Hawkeye, Cyclone, John Deere, Disney and NASCAR merchandise, personality items including John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop and Stan Laurel.

“We also will always be getting in new merchandise and consignments,” Tammy said.

Tomlinson-Mull is no stranger to this type of business. Her mother, Dorothy Mull, operated This N’ That in downtown Tama for 10 years and her mother and father, Rick Mull, also had a used furniture business.

Tammy and her co-owner and fiance, Mike McOmber, are both 1988 graduates of South Tama High School Both left jobs with separate insurance companies in Des Moines to enter into the new venture.

Tammy holds a degree in business from Buena Vista University.

They’re planning a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. with special discounts and free hot dogs and refreshments at noon.

Article Photos

Tammy Tomlinson-Mull displays a vintage potato chip can, one of a host of collectibles and gifts to be found in her new store, TJ’s Treasures in Tama. News-Herald/John Speer

Fact Box

TJ’s Treasures
5th and State Sts.
Tues-Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(Special Saturday hours
( 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)
for Oct. 23 grand opening
Ph. 641-484-3017



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