Nestled up north of McGregor in a bright and welcoming red garage are treasures – “something for everyone,” notes owner Rickie Burke. Collectables, antiques, vintage finds, furnishings and clothing can be found in Rickie’s Red Shed. A garage built in 1937 houses Burke’s collections. “There are items available from every decade since that garage was built,” says Burke.
Burke opened her shop in the spring of 2010. “Many of the items are part of my personal collection,” said Burke. “Both my husband, Dale, and I have been collecting for years. We typically find things in every state we’ve traveled through.”
Burke took an interest in vintage items in her teen years, admiring glass milk bottles from Minnesota with red lettering. For years, she stored them atop her kitchen cabinets. She also admired her grandmother’s possessions and still has her lamps and original wedding photos. The Burkes also collect vintage cars, and currently own four of them, along with memorabilia and related items.
The couple wintered in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., for 12 years, where they accumulated more collectables. Several of Burke’s friends have also contributed items. Opening Rickie’s Red Shed was a way for Burke to reduce her inventory of collectables and also get the opportunity to meet people in the area. She enjoys visiting with customers and says many comment her items are very reasonably priced.
Burke is originally from the northern suburbs in the Anoka County area. She worked for Target Stores for 28 years in their headquarters prior to retiring in 1999. The Burkes moved to the Big Sandy Lake area in 2000.
Burke also worked for Diane Sather at The Roasting House from 2005 until the fall of 2010. “I was so lucky to have been a part of Diane Sather’s opening of The Roasting House, and she made me feel like family.” Both Sather and co-worker Sheila Merritt became personal friends of Burke’s, often celebrating holidays, birthdays and enjoying dinners together. Merritt gifted the shop’s sign to Burke when it opened, which was painted on a saw blade belonging to Merritt’s grandfather. Merritt passed away in an accident in 2018.
Rickie’s Red Shed is located at 20462 493rd Lane in McGregor and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Burke can be contacted by phone at 218-821-7778. Since the shop is located on Burke’s property, she is also willing to open on request. Pictures of her merchandise are featured on her Facebook page.