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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.


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.


Kate and Monte of Shady Kate’s

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

Shady Kate’s Online:

Shady Kate’s on Facebook:!/ShadyKates

Tie Days Picker Run Online:

Tie Days Picker Run on Facebook:!/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.


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.

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



The Oregon Pick Team, lead by Gerean Pflug, Merchandising & Liquidation Specialist will be hosting a huge, high-end liquidation at 312 Riessen Rd., Grants Pass, OR.  Dates/Times of Sale are Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 – 3:00 and Sunday, June 24th from 10:00 – 2:00.  Our client will be moving out of the country.  Everything must be liquidated, including the property (see property listing link below)  90% of the items to be sold are of the highest quality and will be liquidated at well-below-value prices.  All items are in excellent condition.  We will publish daily blog posts providing information, history, stories, descriptions and photos on highlighted merchandise to be liquidated.  Please help get the word out to Southern Oregon residents and any other potentially interested parties.

Photos of items to be liquidated can be viewed on The Oregon Pick Facebook page at:

The following is a list of some of the merchandise to be liquidated:


English 4-Drawer Antique Chest

Ashley Sofa & Loveseat (Less than 2 yrs. old), Puleski Curio Cabinet/Desk combo (with mirror 4 shelves + 3 drawers), Pendulum Wall Clock with key (taken from a one-room school-house in Hell Again, Texas), Ashley Coffee & End Table, Imari Lamp, Kwan Vin Chinese Goddess of Mercy Painting, Handpainted Asian Wall Art., Ashley Microsuede Set that includes Sofa, Loveseat, Chair & Ottoman, 2-Ashley oversized microsuede recliner/rockers, Ashley 3-Piece Round Coffee & End Tables Set, Pennsylvania Amish Pine 5-Drawer Settlers Cabinet/Hutch,  4-Ashley metal barstools with upholstered seats + Miscellaneous artwork and home decor.


~ Antique “Cats Best Friend” Rocker/Glider

Bed Room Set, includes (all matching) : Queen Sized (Modified to King, but can be easily reverted back to Queen) Bed with Headboard & Footboard, 2- Three Drawer Nightstands with lined jewelry drawers, Dresser with 5-Drawers includes lined jewelry drawer, Dresser with 10 Drawers includes two lined jewelry drawers, 2 Ashley Lamps, Antique Civil War Era chair that was purchased from the mansion used as “Tara” in Gone with the Wind, Antique Seth Thomas Acorn Clock with key, Fostoria Glass Lamp (75 years old),  Shabby Chic Dresser and Mirror (White with Ivy details), + Miscellaneous artwork, mirrors, glass bottles, rugs, linen and home decor.


Kitchen Aid with all attachments, Wolfgang Puck Convection Oven with Rotisserie, Keurig Coffee Maker, Kenmore Energy Star (White) Refrigerator  + Miscellaneous kitchen items; Dinnerware, Silverware, Glassware, Food Storage, Canning Jars/Supplies, Linens & Kitchen Decor.


~ L-shaped desk with built-in power surge bars/keyboard table, lighted hutch with 2 shelves and glass front cabinets


~ Numerous Large Area Rugs, Large Entry Rugs and Large Floor Runners (Rug threads range from 150,000  to one million threads per square inch), Numerous lamps.

~ Antique “White” Pedal Sewing Machine in Cabinet

~ Singer “Futura Quartet” Embroidery Sewing Machine

~ Sewing Cabinet

~ New Zealand Lamb Rug

~ Three 5-Shelf Metal Bakers Racks

~ 8-9 ft. tall Nutcracker Statue

~Misc, Christmas & Holiday Decor


~Ed Mell signed print, Numerous Kyle signed prints, 2 Bev Doolittle prints, 2 Robert Garner (Blackfoot) signed prints, “Four Winds” Navaho print, “Shadow Wolf” print signed by Marguerite Fields, “White Man’s Moccasins” framed poster by Lee Marmon, “Cheyenne Wedding Shirt” painting by Franco, Buck Taylor signed print.

~ Gorman Navajo print collection includes numerous signed prints including; “Woman with Pears.”

~Kochina signed collection.  Includes; Navajo “Hoop Dancer,”  Navajo “White Wolf,” and “Ram Dancer.”

~ 7 ft. tall, hand-carved Native American statue


~Lucky Lager Neon Sign with new transformer

~ HUGE Heidelberg Bottle

~ Sourdough Crock from the Gold Rush Days (found in the ground in Los Animas, CA)

~ 3-Piece oversized, salt-glazed ceramic, vintage mixing bowl set

~ “Peas in a Pod” by Gates Set.  Includes; Service for 8 (Dinner Plates, Salad Plates, Soup Bowls & Mugs), Oversized Platter and Large Pasta Bowl.

~ Fitz & Floyd Collection.  Includes; 20+ pieces of retired F & F collectibles

~ “Hot Lips” Tea Pot (highly collectible)


~ Matching Set:  6- Metal & Upholstered Swivel Patio Chairs, Patio Table with Glass Top, Patio Swing & Canopy

~ Matching Set:  Round Metal Garden Bistro Table + 2 Chairs

~ Matching Set:  Large Round Table + 4 Chairs

~A variety of wind chimes, water features, fountains, Kwan Yin garden statue, misc. garden statues, planters and garden/lawn tree ornaments, etc.


~Craftsman Rear Tine Tiller with Briggs & Stratton Motor

~ Craftsman 10 Horse-Power Chipper/Shredder with manual

~Agri-Fab 125 Broadcast Spreader

~6 ft. (Expands to 8 ft.) Werner Ultra Pro Ladder

~Craftsman High Rise Rolling Tool Chest

~Rolling Metal Industrial Work Bench/Tool Cart

~ Metal Industrial Workbench with pegboard backing, drawer and upper + lower storage shelves

~ Air compressor

~ Large Wheelbarrow

~ Six Metal, 2-Door Storage Lockers

~ Industrial, Heavy-duty Garage Shelving

~Miscellaneous; Craftsman Sander, Craftsman Belt Sander, Craftsman Router with Manual, Craftsman Scroll Saw with Manual, Garden Tools, Hand Tools, Garage & Garden Supplies, Misc. Construction and Maintenance Supplies (Paints, Solvents, Rope, Brushes, Brooms, etc.)


This gorgeous 2,600 sq. ft. home built in 2010 sits on 4+ acres of peace and serenity.

Click Link for property info and photos:

Liquidation Sale hosted by The Oregon Pick Liquidation Team, managed by Gerean Pflug, Merchandising & Liquidation Specialist.  Contact Gerean with questions regarding this event via this blog, on Facebook or by phone at:  541-301-6452

Gerean Pflug, The Oregon Pick

ItsAllOurVault publishes excellent articles on how to SELL/RESELL merchandise. ~Gerean, The Oregon Pick


Razor blades are a classy vanity item for men that are not just collectible, but are still quite usable! Some men just don’t want to give up the feel that shaving with a straight blade gives them. In other cases, some just like collecting this vintage item – maybe their father worked for the company or maybe they just like that 1930’s vibe that they get from the blade.

This all stacks up to one thing: straight razors sell.

There are some things you need to learn before you venture into this niche category. The anatomy of a razor blade is fairly straight forward (haha, see what I did there?), but you’ll need to know the terms in order to make your listing sound the best that it can.

Handle – Usually made of plastic or wood, this is the part you hold onto and is what the blade…

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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:

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.


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:

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



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.