Texas True closing its doors after 15 years in business

Texas True closing its doors after 15 years in business

After 15 years in business, the only store in the state that exclusively sells Texas-made furniture, decor, art and gifts is closing its doors.

Texas True in Tyler has been featured in "Southern Living," "Texas Monthly," and "True West" magazines, but owner Teresa Farish says the time has come to saddle up and move on.

From the western-themed furniture, to the rustic decor and Texas-shaped knick-knacks, every piece sold at Texas True is handmade right here in the lone star state.

"Everything in this 6,000 square-foot store is Texas made -- no one's ever done it," Farish said.

The only thing not 'Texas True' -- at least not at first -- is the owner herself.

Farish moved here in 1983 from southern Indiana, but says she fell in love with Texas right away and wanted to give people a place to buy and sell one-of-a-kind pieces that couldn't be found anywhere else.

"All of a sudden I said, 'Well, I'm going to do this, and I'm going to call it Texas True.' And there you go, that's what I did," she said.

Farish has even created many of the unique pieces herself.

"[I] put a lot of my soul, a lot of my heart into this business, and I think that's why it's been so successful because it wasn't just about selling something --it's about selling a piece of Texas."

But because she and her husband spend summers in Colorado, she says it's become too hard to keep the store open.

"It's a very difficult decision," she said. "I've shed an awful lot of tears in the last couple weeks."

Farish says she would love to see someone else step up and take over the store, but for her, it's time to see what lies beyond the horizon.

"This has been a great journey, been a great ride, and what's coming up next, I don't know," she said. "I'm going to jump on another horse and I'm going to go see what's going to go on. That's what I'm going to do."

Texas True will be holding a going-out-of-business sale next Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the unsold merchandise will be moved to Farish's other store in Westcliff, Colorado, where she spends her summers.


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