Greenville’s own Sandy Hampton, of Hampton Repurposed Wood signs, was one of the first vendors Quincy Pharmacy worked with and all sales from their gift items this week will be donated to Hampton to rebuild her life and business after the Dixie Fire. Photo by Meg Upton

Quincy Pharmacy rallies for Greenville fire victim Sandy Hampton

By Meg Upton

     On Sunday night Quincy Pharmacy posted a message on its facebook page. All this week (Sept. 13 through 17) any gift item sales will be donated 100 percent to Sandy Hampton.

     Hampton who works under the name Hampton Repurposed Wood, makes decorative signs.

     Hampton, according to the pharmacy page “was our very first vendor at Quincy Pharmacy.  I approached her about selling her signs in the pharmacy months before we even opened.  I knew her style was perfect for the business I hoped to create.  We have absolutely loved working with her for the past four years and literally do a little happy dance every time she brings in a restock!  Which was often because her signs FLEW off the shelves every time we restocked them!”

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     Hampton, a resident of Greenville, lost her home on Main Street—where she created the signs—to the Dixie Fire. She’s been making both custom signs and her own designs for about six to seven years. When asked about Quincy Pharmacy and owner Karen Schad’s gesture of goodwill, Hampton choked back tears.

     “I don’t know what to say or how to explain what it means to have people reach out like this,” said Hampton.

     Quincy Pharmacy was her first big client.

     “It’s been awesome to work with them; Karen has been the best,” she said.

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     After the first evacuation was lifted, Hampton returned to Greenville to fill orders and check on her house. She had signs that she recently sold through her etsy.com shop packaged by the door and ready to go. Then the fire took it all away and she had to issue refunds to all the people who’d purchased from her and close down her shop since all her equipment and merchandise went up in the fire.

      Hampton’s loss is coupled with missing her three daughters who are staying with their father in Montana while Hampton attempts to find some place local in Plumas County to rent. Her son, Nick Hampton, is beginning his second year at Chico State. She had to say goodbye to him, not at their home, but at an evacuation center.  Hampton is part one of the many extended families in Greenville who all lost their houses.

     “My parents’ house, my brother’s place. Everyone’s house is gone. We can’t huddle together anywhere because everything is gone,” said Hampton.

     The signs Hampton made out of wood and paint often had encouraging inspirational sayings, or lyrics on them: “You are my Sunshine” for example, or messages about kindness. It’s Quincy Pharmacy’s hope that those messages of kindness come full circle back to Hampton.

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     “Her signs were a huge cornerstone of our Pharmhouse Gift Shop and it truly won’t be the same without them.  She helped us get on our feet and get started —and now we want to turn around and get her back on hers,” Quincy Pharmacy wrote.

     As of today, there are still some of those rustic signs with uplifting messages for sale at Quincy Pharmacy located on Main Street in downtown Quincy and there’s a whole week to support her.

Hampton’s cheerful signs have been a favorite in both her hometown of Greenville and Quincy Pharmacy. She lost her business and house in the fire. Photo by Meg Upton