Creative Poverty Is Born


Creative Poverty is located in a very small Ozarks town on the Missouri-Arkansas border. The 103 year old Hotel building was original used as a premier lodging address for travelers on the railroad in the early 1900's when Thayer MO was a thriving railroad community.

We have been crafting for years and when the opportunity arose to purchase the historic old Colonial Hotel at 319 Front St. we decided to open our own shop. Thayer is in a beautiful but economically challenged area of Missouri, and we knew how to get by creatively on little. I always believed that as long as I could be creative, poverty was no big deal, thus the name Creative Poverty was born.

Some of our products include mirrors and shelves made from 103 year old ceiling tin, lovely hand crafted wood items, original painted designs, floral arrangements, and local antiques. We also handle new items that go with antique and primitive decor of all kinds.

Our area is a beautiful one within minutes of both Grand Gulf State Park outside Thayer MO and Mammoth Spring State Park in Arkansas. We are open from 10am - 5pm Wednesday - Saturday, and would love to see you in the shop or be glad fill your on line order.

Carl and Clyda Herbold