“They were simply trying to get some money to survive,” Lori Perz said. “We were having people get sent over to us from the local pawn shop and we were doing appraising of some items. The couple also knew they wanted to have an auction style business in conjunction with A Step Back ‘N’ Time, which their son, Westley, runs. They got in touch with the owner of the Cotten-Bratton Building, Rider Scott, who contacted the Perzs in September 2011.
After negotiations, the couple began to renovate the building three months later. The work was long and tiring with Jim doing the “guts” of the renovation, including the wiring and installing a heating and air conditioning system, and Lori doing the painting. Many of the items from the building are still intact, including some Parker County Courthouse records from the 1800s, Jim Perz said.
The couple admits people go back and forth between the two places on opposite ends of the square to find the perfect piece. Jim said he recently unloaded a consignment sale from a woman at 9 p.m.
The couple will be having their next consignment sale July 28. Jim and Lori are also inviting 24 vendors, including custom bunk beds, flowers, and more to use the Cotten-Bratton Building during the Parker County Peach Festival July 13 to sell their wares.
Each vendor will have a 10’ by 10’ space in the 2,500 square-foot facility which will be air conditioned, Jim Perz said.
The couple said they had their first attempt at such an event during the Weatherford Blooms Festival in April, which was a rousing success, which made them want to try it again.
A Step Back ‘N; Time is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter. Call 817-771-7372 for more information.