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Sellwood's Antique Row gains a new vintage shop

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Raylene Peraza, left, owns Shabby Nest Antiquesin Sellwood - where you can also find repurposed furniture made by her husband Jeff Watt, at right.The newest Sellwood shop for refurbished home décor and antique lovers is called “Shabby Nest Antiques”, at 7805 S.E. 13th Avenue. Owner Raylene Peraza moved from a vintage shop in Milwaukie to join the antiques community along S.E. 13th on June 8. The store's tag line is “Vintage finds, Home décor, & Garden”. Linens, greeting cards, and jewelry round out the mix, but there’s always something new among the old stuff.

Raylene tells THE BEE that she has been a thrift shop regular since her youth, seeking out funky used furniture and accessories to provide for homes a comfortable lived-in look. From tables, chairs, and cabinets, to decorative accent pieces like world globes, lamps, and knick knacks, the “Shabby Nest” holds up a window to nostalgia through fun and functional home décor.

The store’s 1,100-square-foot showroom, plus parking lot, was formerly home to Madison Park Antiques. The Shabby Nest has filled the space with an eclectic array of vintage items reminiscent of the last century.

Raylene’s husband, Jeff Watt (“Repurposed and Rustic Creations”) also collects weathered wood and old windows, and converts them into up-cycled cabinets and shelf displays with antique styling.

Best sellers for the new shop so far are the garden décor, furniture, and repurposed “window cabinets and cubbies”, as well as new collage artwork with a vintage look.

Shabby Nest will host a vintage flea market on August 17th from 9 am until 4 pm. The shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm. Call the store at 971/238-6378; Watt can be contacted for his own vintage business at 503/891-9870.