DIXON – Shabulous: It’s a combination of shabby and fabulous – smoothing out the rough edges on something and giving it new life.
For Jennifer Shaw, it’s also the perfect combination of her passion for re-purposing and her drive to start a business.
Shabulous Vintage Store, at 212 W. First St., features items from several area vendors ranging from candles to jewelry, and seasonal decorations to clothes, and just about everything is handmade. Her shop is located in the former home of Waterfront Gifts and Antiques, which opened an expanded shop across the street.
“It all started out as a hobby,” Shaw said.
As a mother of six, Shaw said she was torn between styling hair out of her garage and raising her children, but one day she came across an old dresser and thought to herself, “Do I throw it out or re-purpose it?”
It needed a bit of work; it was pea green, missing a shelf and had a broken drawer.
She decided to give it a second chance,and with a little patience, some tinkering here and there, and a fresh coat of cobalt blue paint, she was hooked.
“I just had to post a picture of it to Facebook,” Shaw said.
Almost immediately, someone made an offer, and it was sold by the end of the day.
About 5 years later, with no more room left in her garage and a little more free time, Shaw made the decision to start a business.
“I asked my husband, Joshua, if this was a good idea and he told me to go for it,” Shaw said. “So I did.”
The shop also does it part to support a local cause, the PADS homeless shelter in Dixon. A portion of the sales of J-Hoshe’ah candles and wax melts sold at Shabulous will go to the shelter’s Home for the Holidays fundraiser.
For those who want to get a taste of Shaw’s simply shabulous eye for decor, but can’t make it to Dixon, she has a booth set up on the second floor of Showplace Antiques, 307 First Ave., Sterling.