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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


HIGH END LIQUIDATION ~ GRANTS PASS, OREGON

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:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.192867894173277.39822.114583085335092&type=1

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

LIVING & DINING:

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.

BEDROOMS:

~ 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:

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.

OFFICE:

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

INTERIOR MISCELLANEOUS:

~ 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

ART COLLECTION:

~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

MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIBLES:

~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)

PATIO & GARDEN:

~ 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.

GARAGE, WORKSHOP, EQUIPMENT, POWER TOOLS, HAND TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

~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.)

PROPERTY IS LISTED FOR SALE BY JUDY SANCHEZ OF REMAX IDEAL BROKERS, INC, GRANTS PASS, OREGON:

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:  http://www.postlets.com/repb/p7667466

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


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