New business will feature vintage items

Staff writer

In an era when recycling has become second nature to each of us, two women who have opened a new business in Peabody are taking it to a new level.

Sue Klassen of Hillsboro and Linda Maudlin of Hutchinson have rented the former Jackrabbit Hollow Book Store and will be selling vintage and antique items in original or refinished condition as well as what they call re-purposed items. They call their store Déjà vu.

The women, who are sisters-in-law, enjoy the challenge of bringing life to something from the junk pile. Their efforts often result in clever and useful furnishings from castoffs.

A couple of eye-catching loveseats in the store are made from old wooden or cast iron baby beds that have been banned for use as cribs. The women remove one side of the crib, add a cushion seat and throw pillows to the freshly painted and repurposed frame, and a new piece of furniture is ready to go home with a new owner.

An attractive settee made from an ornate headboard provides a convenient seating spot in the store. Other tables, footstools, and small cabinets have

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