Gallery: Shabby Love: A Virginia Shop Where Every Piece of Old Furnitur...

 
There are a lot of mason jars out in the country, and it's fun to see them get new life and color like these

Shabby Love started like so many small businesses. When Hannah married her husband, a horticulturist who took a job at an estate in Virginia, friends and family donated a bunch of what she calls ugly furniture. “I’ve always been a hands on person,” she said. “My whole life I was always really artsy, so I started taking these pieces and fixing them and painting them.” Soon enough her friends asked her to do the same thing for their furniture and urged her to start a business. “They’d say ‘Hannah, you’re really good at this. You should start a business.’ And I’d just laugh and tell them ‘no, I don’t want to do that.’”

Eventually, after moving to a part of Virginia that has more thrift stores than bars, Hannah started attending estate sales to buy furniture to restore. “I was really inspired by all the old furniture here,” she said. Pretty soon, after further prompting from her friends, she started a small website on which she could advertise her upcycled masterpieces.” “It just took off she said, it blew up!” Hannah’s work became so popular that people begged her to open a store. Again she resisted, but the demand was so great despite the extraordinarily small population that Shabby Love was almost born of its own free will.

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  1. kgifford1 February 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hello, I am from New York state, a small town northwest of syracuse (way upstate). I am working on plans to start a shop pretty much like yours. I\’m in the beginning stages of learning how to do this, and I\’m hoping to find people like you who would be willing to talk to me about the details involved in turning this idea into a reality like you have done!
    I was doing some research online e and stumbled on your sit; I love your work and your style and wanted to let you know.

    I,too, enjoy finding old pieces of furniture at auctions and estate sales, as well as other unique items, and repurposing them or reinventing them into something new and fresh. I also have an affinity for textures and designs and love old hardwood, using reclaimed wood in a decor mixed with modern pieces etc…

    Anyway, I don\’t have a lot of my items finished yet, and they are in my garage waiting for me to find a larger place where I can bring to life!
    Would you be willing to help a newcomer to this business by teaching me what I\’d need to know to open a shop like hours in my area? Thank you for your time, and again, I just love your work, your shop, and hour style!!!
    Sincerely,
    Karen Gifford

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