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TIE DAYS PICKER RUN by Gerean Pflug, The Oregon Pick

What is becoming one of the most popular Pickers & Antique Event in Southern Oregon, Tie Days Picker Run, is sponsored by Shady Kate’s in Shady Cove, Oregon.  The 2012 multi-layered Picker Run Event appeals to all age groups and involves numerous antique stores and mercantiles throughout Southern Oregon.

One of many items made from neckties at Shady Kate’s


Developed from the “Poker Run” concept, the Tie Days Picker Run was originally created for a Shady Cove Father’s Day event in which neck ties were used as the theme.  The neck tie theme continued and has become a brand for Shady Kate’s.  Participants gather punches on game cards by visiting sponsoring businesses.  Card punches add up to opportunities for entries into a drawing that will be held the last day of the event.


The Tie Days Picker Run begins on August 4th and ends on August 25th with an all-day party at Shady Kate’s.

Anyone over the age of 18 can participate by visiting any/all of the sponsoring antique stores/mercantiles listed below.  Upon your first visit to one of the sponsoring stores, ask for a picker map and a game card.  At each visit to a participating store, you will receive a discount on any purchases made AND will receive one punch on your game card.  Five punches anywhere qualifies the player to enter their name once; 1 punch per town qualifies for 3 entries; all stops qualifies for 5 entries. for the drawing which will be held at the all-day celebration at Shady Kate’s on August 25th.  The prize for this years drawing is a  chainsaw-carved salmon valued at $500.00.  The prize is on display now at Shady Kate’s.

Drawing Prize for the 2012 Tie Days Picker Run
Chainsaw Carved Salmon Valued at $500.00



La Rue’s of Canyonville, B & C Antiques & Something Bazaar

Eagle Point:

The Wood House and Butte Creek Mill Antiques

Gold Hill:

Apple Rose Cottage

Grants Pass:

Old Town Antique Mall

Lake Creek:

Lake Creek General Store


Glory Days, Acme Garage, Morrows, Oregon Curiosity Shoppe & Our Stuff Antiques


Prospect Hotel & Prospect Country Store

Shady Cove:

Chickadees Gift & Garden, Bargains on the Rogue, Book-N-More,  The Blue HeronGift Shop


On Saturday, August 25th

Shady Kate’s will sponsor a major event from 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The event will be held at Shady Kate’s, 21584 Highway 62, Shady Cove, OR


Antique, Art & Vendor Faire:   9:30 – 7:00

Antique Auction:  Begins at noon and ends when everything is gone

Purple Heart Band ~ Live Concert:  3:30 – 7:00

(Tickets for Purple Heart Band are on sale now at Shady Kates.

$5.00 Adults ~ $4.00 Children)

Tie Days Picker Run Drawing

Food Vendors:

BBQ by Jeffro’s

Trolley Korn – Carmel Corn

Eskimo Snowballs – Snowcones

Jamocha Express – Lattes & Smoothies

Wine/Beer Tent by Hellgate Cellars

And MORE!!!


Tie Days Picker Run Event Video:

Shady Kates Online:

Shady Kates on Facebook:!/ShadyKates

Tie Days Picker Run Online:

Tie Days Picker Run on Facebook:!/TieDays

Shady Kates on The Oregon Pick:

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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.


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