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South End gets Junk and Disorderly

Shabby Shed has a little sister, and the new gal on the block offers a fresh selection of one-of-a-kind treasures, from repurposed furniture and hand-stitched items to candles and shabby chic.

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Brenda Anderson arranges the items in her room, “Pillows Talk and Other Needful Things” at Junk and Disorderly on the South Side Jan. 22. Anderson is one of a handful of vendors who rent rooms at the new shop in Superior’s South End neighborhood. Their unique items range from metalwork to needlework, shabby chic to repurposed furniture. Maria Lockwood

Shabby Shed has a little sister, and the new gal on the block offers a fresh selection of one-of-a-kind treasures, from repurposed furniture and hand-stitched items to candles and shabby chic.

Junk and Disorderly on the South Side at 6004 Tower Ave. is a block away from Shabby Shed. The new business, which opened in late November, gives seven small vendors a chance to expand. Each has a room to call their own.

"Some of us would like to have our own store," said Brenda Anderson of Superior. "But this is a good place to start out."

Anderson runs "Pillows Talk and Other Needful Things," which specializes in hand-stitched primitives, felt work and painted primitive furniture.

"I’ve been sewing my whole life; I used to make gifts for family and friends and then pretty soon you have so much … so I started out in a little shop in Allouez," Anderson said. "I’ve been in about 30 shops the last 15 years. And a lot of craft shows."

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Having a room of her own at Junk and Disorderly gives Anderson and her furniture-making husband, Harry, a home base. They also get the chance to rub elbows with other crafters and artists.

"We love the new place," said Peggy Welter, who founded Chubby Chicks Garage with Tami Blatt Benson. "There’s a variety of items from each talented vendor and we all get to showcase our own unique items by having our own room. Plus we all get along well."

The Chubby Chicks duo specializes in refurbishing furniture and repurposing smaller items. Their room is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces.

"It’s been great to have people be able to see the items in person and not just online," Welter said.

Rustic signs line the walls of "Mommy’s Time Out with Power Tools," some humorous, others inspirational. A birdcage-shaped candle holder, blue window frame, bird statues and shutters could be found among the shabby chic items for sale in "Elsa’s Attic." Other vendors include "Bittersweet Redux," Hidden Country Treasures" and Jane Maki.

For these vendors, Junk and Disorderly on the South Side is a chance to share the joy they get from creating.

"I love to do that hand-stitching, I love to work with felt," Anderson said. "And I love to paint … To me it’s very relaxing."

Welter appreciates that all the vendors at Junk and Disorderly are local. Sharing the space works for her and Benson, who both work full time. Having a store of their own would be a massive undertaking.

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"This is a great place to show off our hobby," Welter said. "The shop is a success thus far in our eyes."

Michele Wick, who owns both Junk and Disorderly on South Side and Shabby Shed, leases space to the vendors.

"She brings us all together," Anderson said. "She’s the brain of the bunch."

Wick has a winning formula at Shabby Shed, and she’s following it at Junk and Disorderly on South Side.

"A little new, a little used; a little antique," Anderson said. "Shelly looks for the unique, different things."

Each of the vendors puts in a couple of days a week to fill the hours behind the cash register. Junk and Disorderly on the South Side is open the same hours as Shabby Shed, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. More information on the new business and its individual vendors can be found on Facebook.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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