Not So Shabby: Cousins come out of retirement to start Stayton store

November, 2016 Posted in Business, Community, People
Linda Williams and Pam Crakes in their new store, Not So Shabby

Linda Williams and Pam Crakes in their new store, Not So Shabby

By Mary Owen

Two Stayton cousins have started a new business venture: Not So Shabby Furniture Consignment and Decorating.

“We have been painting furniture together and selling it through other retail outlets as well as other antique treasures,” said Linda Williams, who owns the Stayton store with Pam Crakes. “We have worked together in the past in our decorating ventures and my retail store in Redmond.”

Williams and Crakes came up with the store’s name while talking one day about being retired but still “not so shabby.”

“We still have drive and ambition and are not ready to give it up just yet,” Williams said. “We still have lots of knowledge to give to others.”

Williams and Crakes were both born and raised in the Salem area.

“I learned very early on working for others was not for me,” Williams said.

Since age 21, she has owned and operated her own businesses. Crakes has worked in many of the aspects of decorating.

“Not So Shabby is all about taking good quality old things and giving them new life with paint and elbow grease and love,” Williams said of the new store that opened on Oct. 4. “We want all people to be able to afford to shop with us and go away with something unique, a good experience, and hopefully a new concept of design possibilities. We bring our decorating skills to the store by showing different window treatments and by thinking outside of the box.”

As well as custom-painted furniture, Not So Shabby offers lamps, artwork, glassware, gift baskets (made by Kathy Smith), custom window coverings, drapes, blinds and more. Both Williams and Drakes provide in-home decorating consultations.

“We also do custom painting of your furniture to update the look in your home,” Williams said. “We take on consignment of good quality furniture, mirrors, lamps and art work on a 50/50 basis.”

A grand opening is in the works to coincide with the holidays, mid to end of November, Williams said.

“We love what we do, and the people of Stayton have been very welcoming, positive and receptive to the store,” she said.

Crakes added, “We are very happy to be living and working here in Stayton, and hope to do well and continue this business for a long time. Our wish is to be able to supply everyone with nice things for their homes at affordable prices. If we can help do that, our mission is accomplished here.”

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