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SHADY KATE’S

SHADY KATE’S

A PHOTO BLOG

by Gerean Pflug

It’s the gazillion neckties decorating the trees that provide the shade

at Shady Kate’s in Shady Cove, OR that makes one look.

It’s one of those small town, privately-owned places

that calls right out to you as you drive by.

I’ve passed it as many times as I’ve wondered about it,

so I was excited at the invitation to conduct an interview

with Kate Crowston, the creative, straight-talking, mastermind behind Shady Kate’s.

Crowston, a local interior designer,

originally became interested in the property located at:

21584 Highway 62, Shady Cove, OR,

when this vacation community became her home.

The little old house kept calling out

in the daily commute to her Medford-based design studio.

“It was dilapidated and an absolute eye-sore

and  every time I drove by it,

I couldn’t help but imagine it cleaned up, decorated and productive.”  Kate said,

as she unfolded the beginning concepts of the ongoing vision of Shady Kate’s.

Built in 1910, the house that is now Shady Kate’s was originally a gas station and a mercantile that later became a private residence.  When Kate began researching the potential to own the property, she found out that it was slated to be condemned and bulldozed within days.  Kate moved into action, negotiated a lease with a contingency to assist in all repairs and open as a business within 45 days.  She kept several subcontractors working night and day and opened on time  May of 2009.

Although she planned to use the property as an extension to her Medford design studio,

as months passed,

and as fate would have it,

local and traveling artists crossed Kate’s path.

Her love of arts and crafts inspired her to take on consignment pieces of art

and later consignment antiques.

It didn’t take long for Kate to decide to transform her property

into a full-blown mercantile and consignment store,

that she and her partner, Monte, now operate full time.

Shady Kate’s houses the wares of more than 60 private artisans and consignors including;

painters, crafters, woodworkers, metal workers, fiber artists,

beadworkers, potters, upcyclers and a variety of resellers.

Kate’s expertise in interior design and decorating is evident throughout the store.

The merchandise, combined with Kate’s wonderful antiques,

is staged beautifully

and is constantly changing

as her treasures are purchased and new goods arrive.

Shady Kate’s offers a wide variety of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors.

Hand Painted Floor and Antique Rocking Horse at Shady Kate’s.

TIE DAYS PICKER RUN EVENT:

Since 2009, Shady Kate’s has been in a constant state of expansion.  Crowston is the force behind what is becoming one of the most popular annual resale events in Jackson County called Tie Days Pickers Run.  Each August, the event hosts more than 50 local artisans and vendors, a live auction, a concert and lots of food, beer & wine vendors.  2012 marks the 4th year of the event which also includes an organized “Picker Run” that involves numerous mercantiles throughout Jackson & Josephine counties, who pass out cards to visiting customers, that can later be used as entry to drawings on the event day.

Stay tuned to this blog, as in the next few weeks,

The Oregon Pick has been asked to write a feature story about

Tie Days Picker Run Event, scheduled for August 25, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

EXPERIENCE SHADY KATE’S

Kate and Monte of Shady Kate’s

Shady Kate’s: 21584 Highway 62, Shady Cove, OR Phone: (541) 878-2084

Shady Kate’s Online: http://www.shadykates.com/

Shady Kate’s on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/ShadyKates

Tie Days Picker Run Online: http://www.tiedayspickerrun.com/

Tie Days Picker Run on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TieDays

COPY LIMITATIONS:  The above article was written by Gerean Pflug, The Oregon Pick, All Rights Reserved.  If any part of this posting including photographs are republished, we ask that appropriate links back to this post are included.

GEREAN PFLUG, EDITOR/OPERATOR ~ THE OREGON PICK

The Oregon Pick will be following and posting the activities and events of the many resale businesses throughout the Rogue Valley.  We are in the process of developing a private vendor directory to highlight the many independent merchandisers operating from mercantile and thrift resale locations throughout Southern Oregon.  Please direct questions, inquiries, suggestions and requests for inclusion to the Oregon Pick through the “Contact” page above.

Feel free to add your email address on the Oregon Pick Home Page and receive up-to-date information on what’s happening in the resale industry in Jackson County Oregon.   Visit and “Like” us on Facebook.  Through connecting with each other, we increase our visibility and strengthen our business relationships.

All are welcome to connect with The Oregon Pick on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/oregonpick

Stay Tuned for the Upcoming Feature Post:  The Oregon Pick’s  article:  Tie Days Picker Run

~Gerean


ACME GARAGE

ACME GARAGE ~ MEDFORD, OR

ACME GARAGE ~ A Photo Blog, by Gerean Pflug

Before meeting Casey Gillum, owner of Acme Garage in Medford, OR,

I’d heard about his shop so many times, I felt that I’d already been there.

The word is definitely out, a new kind of mercantile has moved into the Rogue Valley

Acme Garage makes the phrase “Man Cave” a gross understatement.

Located at  2784 W. Main Street in Medford, OR,

Acme Garage connects to Morrow’s Architectural Salvage.

The two have merged into one very large and highly unique compound.

Vintage and antique signage,

old parts & implements

and rusty things

of days long past

decorate the entire rustic wood exterior of the large, U-shaped building.

RED CROWN GASOLINE SIGN - ACME GARAGE EXTERIOR

TEXACO SIGN - ACME GARAGE EXTERIOR

Music plays from a 1955  blue Chevy dashboard with a high quality JVC stereo installed where the old radio used to be.  This mega-cool remnant of auto history is the backdrop to the Acme Garage sales counter, where customers can pull up a vinyl & chrome 50’s style garage stool and hang out.

A pool table open for customer use fills a large space at the store’s entrance

 and games of yesteryear are found throughout the 6,000 sq. ft. store.

VINTAGE PINBALL GAME AT ACME GARAGE

His father’s passion for picking and collecting, especially antique and vintage signage and advertisements, influenced Gillum’s love for the same.  As a child, he and his father frequently travelled to many off-the-beaten-path locations hunting treasure, regularly returning with a truckload of collectibles.

As the years passed, Gillum’s interests broadened and his love for the pick became more personal.  After relocating from Wyoming to Oregon, Gillum formed friendships with others who loved to pick and a vision began to develop of what has now become Acme Garage.

There’s nothing common about the categories of merchandise found here,

which range from soda pop to creepy-cool collectibles.

EMBALMING FLUID ANYONE? FIND IT AT ACME GARAGE.

Affectionately referred to by Gillum as his “Man-Tique Store,”

Acme Garage is filled with unique collectibles that mainly cater to masculine tastes.

Large areas are merchandised and staged by private vendors,

such as well-known local merchandiser, Ron Dunn, Craftsman,

specializing in vintage furniture, reclaimed industrial items and parts & pieces.

Martinis & More  hosts an amazing display of the finest quality

collectible martini shakers, servers, glasses and unique barware.

MARTINI COLLECTIBLES & BARWARE BY MARTINIS & MORE
INSIDE ACME GARAGE

If not for the price tags affixed to each item,

one might mistake Acme Garage for a museum ~

which speaks to the energy and care focused on the well-staged merchandise.

PEWTER COWBOY BOOT ~ ACME GARAGE

“We don’t want the store to be just for shopping . . .

We want people to hang out and have fun,”  

says Gillum . . .

And fun it is ~

The store offers customers 6,000 sq. ft of shopping space, plenty of parking and an ever changing display of merchandise offered by numerous private vendors, covering a broad range of vintage and antique categories including signage, advertisements, toys, games, mechanical collectibles, art, auto, music, furniture, storage, lighting and a lots of rust.

The Acme Garage group are a creative bunch,

 often upcycling and repurposing their parts into treasures.

Throughout the store, shoppers will find old parts and pieces

masterfully transformed into tables, chairs, lamps and other functional items.

Gillum’s partnering vendors, take turns manning the store.  Private vendors include:

Ron Dunn, Aaron Evans,  Juan Gonzales, Dave Thompson,

Moe Miller, Doug O’Dell, Gail Gonsalves,

Robert Cleveland, Mike Thomas, Brandon Vohander, Lee Dunn, Michael Stephenson,

Bernadine Lawson, Darrell Goodwine. Rich Wilson & Craig Warren

and Brian Barton of Spit ‘N’ Polish Antiuqes (Williams, OR)

With the warmer months coming,

Acme Garage  is considering hosting a variety of events.  And . . .

Casey Gillum has been asked to speak at an upcoming event at Horton Plaza

with the Southern Oregon Antique & Collectibles Club  (SOACC)

in September of this year.

The public can get up-to-date information

about Acme Garage news and events by visiting or contacting the store:

ACME GARAGE  2784 W. Main, Medford, OR, Phone:  541-622-8155

Or click here:  ACME GARAGE ON FACEBOOK

COPY LIMITATIONS:  The above article was written by Gerean Pflug, The Oregon Pick, All Rights Reserved.  If any part of this posting including photographs are republished, we ask that appropriate links back to this post are included.

GEREAN PFLUG, EDITOR/OPERATOR ~ THE OREGON PICK

The Oregon Pick will be following and posting the activities and events of the many resale businesses throughout the Rogue Valley.  We are in the process of developing a private vendor directory to highlight the many independent merchandisers operating from mercantile and thrift resale locations throughout Southern Oregon.  Please direct questions, inquiries, suggestions and requests for inclusion to the Oregon Pick through the “Contact” page above or by direct email to:  OregonPick@aol.com

Feel free to add your email address on the Oregon Pick Home Page and receive up-to-date information on what’s happening in the resale industry in Jackson County Oregon.   Visit and “Like” us The Oregon Pick on Facebook.  Through connecting with each other, we increase our visibility and strengthen our business relationships.

Stay tuned.  I have a fantastic line-up of feature stories from local mercantile owners, private dealers and events.  Thanks for reading the Oregon Pick!

~Gerean


ANOTHER DAY IN . . . PICKERS PARADISE

PICKERS PARADISE

The dome-shaped, metal sided, monster of a building on Hwy. 99 in South Medford that houses Pickers Paradise, offers customers an easy location, a huge parking lot and a thoroughly pleasant shopping experience covering a broad spectrum of interests. Open 7 days per week from 10:00 – 6:00, Pickers Paradise puts in the work and the time to offer customers a desirable and highly unique shopping experience.

I first met Greg Holt and Jim Zundel, owners of Pickers Paradise Mercantile & Auction House, in February 2011. At the time, they were juggling full-time real estate careers*, with a love to “pick” combined with a vision of transforming the highly visible property at 3404 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford, OR from an empty 13,000 sq. ft. industrial building into a highly successful location to liquidate resale merchandise.

Having recently closed a business and relocated from Southern California, I was looking for project management work in the Rogue Valley when I crossed paths with Greg Holt, who communicated “The Vision” to me along with the upcoming projects at hand. Within days, I arrived to oversee my first of what became many projects, at a then freezing cold building filled with nothing but power tools, cans of paint, endless stacks of pegboard, framing lumber and construction workers. From February through December of 2011 I was fortunate to share in the building of the business from concept to what has evolved into a lucrative and highly successful reality.

Their initial 60 day goals were to:

1) Renovate the interior
2) Build and occupy more than 60 individual vendor booths to lease to the public
3) Create and stock what has become one of the largest consignment furniture spaces in the Rogue Valley
4) Advertise to announce their opening to the public
5) Plan, coordinate and host periodic auctions
6) Build social networking programs
7) Enter the estate liquidation arena

All of the above was achieved by the end of March 2011 and Pickers Paradise opened it’s doors to the public. Picker’s popularity with the public has steadily grown ever since and the store has become a top contender in the resale industry in the Rogue Valley.

It’s been a year since conception.  Pickers Paradise currently houses over 150 individual vendors and private consignors.

Local Vendors Janis Peterson and Randy Ortis operate Booth #234 Inside Pickers Paradise

Booth space turn-over at Pickers is practically non-existent. The private booth vendors are making bank, therefore, few are moving out. In fact, the bulk of the current private vendors have been there from the beginning.

John Lancaster's Great Buys, Space #209, inside Pickers Paradise, specializes in a variety of vintage/antique and collectible items, including coins, books, art and knives.

"The Turn Around" ~ Space #255 - Located inside Pickers Paradise, offers a wide variety of vintage/antique art, collectibles, furniture and home decor.

Early in the game, and as a means to keep the store stocked with affordable and interesting merchandise, Holt & Zundel, under the banner of Picker’s Paradise entered the world of storage auctions and are to date, the largest storage auction investors in the Rogue Valley. At one point, the volume of merchandise arriving at Picker’s daily was so large, Holt & Zundel opened the warehouse attached to the building to liquidate merchandise more quickly. They temporarily named the warehouse “Thrifty Pickers,” opened it to the public and sold items at flea market prices.  The popularity of the space became an over-night hit. This space continues to be open to the public on a periodic basis.

The merchandise at Pickers Paradise is a diverse mix of vintage, antique, collectible, furniture, home decor, guns/rifles, tools, art, appliances, jewelry and miscellaneous.

One example of many pieces of vintage, antique and/or slightly used furniture found on the Pickers Paradise Consignment Furniture Floor.

Fishing Gear and a wide variety of sporting goods can be found in the many booths and kiosks inside Pickers Paradise.

Pickers Paradise buys, consigns and sells guns, rifles and antique weapons.

The “Man Cave” located in the rear-right of the store, houses hand tools, power tools, camping equipment and sporting goods. The gun/rifle department has become amazingly popular. Oh, and Pickers buys gold & silver as well.

The "Man Cave" located inside Pickers Paradise, offers a wide a variety of power tools, hand tools, automotive, parts, lawn/garden and sporting goods.

The Man Cave, located inside Pickers Paradise

Private vendors sell similar wares from uniquely staged spaces, display cases, kiosks, and booths of all sizes. Furniture consignments include antiques, vintage, retro, upcycled/repurposed and renovated. The outdoor market operates from the parking lot during warmer months and hosts numerous part-time merchandise and food vendors.

Joanne & Steve Cernick operate the "Opposum Den," Space #248 Inside Pickers Paradise, offering a wide variety of vintage, antique & collectibles, including books, art, lighters, military items and home decor.

The periodic auctions hosted by Pickers Paradise offer lots of fun to the public and have been continually growing in popularity. The store begins advertising for auction consignments usually three weeks before auction date. The store advertises auctions in local newspapers, through social networking such as Facebook, on classified ad sites like Craigslist, by word of mouth, occasionally via Radio/TV and also posts auction and event activities on the web at: www.pickersparadisellc.com.

Auction Night at Pickers Paradise

The store participates in local events and is becoming increasingly active with the Southern Oregon Antiques & Collectibles Club (SOACC).  Pickers hosts a highly visible display at the SOACC quarterly antique shows and plans to expand their visibility through outside events in the future.

Pickers Paradise Display at the 2012 SOACC Spring Show

Shoppers, dealers, consignors and visitors to Southern Oregon, won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience Pickers Paradise and their team of awesome private vendors.  For more information, contact Pickers Paradise at:  (541) 512-1234

* Note:  Greg Holt & Jim Zundel are active real estate brokers with Invest Rite Realty Group,.

COPY LIMITATIONS:  The above article was written by Gerean Pflug, The Oregon Pick, All Rights Reserved.  If any part of this posting including photographs are republished, we ask that appropriate links back to this post are included.

GEREAN PFLUG, EDITOR/OPERATOR ~ THE OREGON PICK

The Oregon Pick will be following and posting the activities and events of the many resale businesses throughout the Rogue Valley.  We are in the process of developing a private vendor directory to highlight the many independent merchandisers operating from mercantile and thrift resale locations throughout Southern Oregon.  Please direct questions, inquiries, suggestions and requests for inclusion to the Oregon Pick through the “Contact” page above or by direct email to:  OregonPick@aol.com

Feel free to add your email address on the Oregon Pick Home Page and receive up-to-date information on what’s happening in the resale industry in Jackson County Oregon.   Visit and “Like” us on Facebook.  Through connecting with each other, we increase our visibility and strengthen our business relationships.

Stay Tuned for the Upcoming Feature Post:  The Oregon Pick’s interview with Casey Gillum of Acme Garage, Medford, OR

~Gerean


WELCOME TO THE OREGON PICK

Welcome to THE OREGON PICK.  Currently covering the Rogue Valley, we are a progressive resource connecting buyers and sellers of used, recycled, upcycled, vintage, antique, collectible and handmade merchandise throughout the state of Oregon.