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Shop promotes reuse of yesteryears treasures

-  Heres a place where you can peruse items with sentimental value


by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - POST PHOTO: JIM HART Tickle Creek Antiques owner Kjersti Sanders shows some of the wide variety of items available at her consignment outlet in Sandy for old, unique and antique items for the home.Kjersti Sanders, owner of Tickle Creek Antiques, likes the idea of recycling. But to her, “recycling” means reusing.

She likes to see items that she says have that “look,” which means a piece of furniture or decorative item probably doesn’t look like anyone else’s within miles.

It’s either old and still in good condition or one of those one-of-a-kind, rare items seldom seen — a conversation piece.

Sanders expects to open Tickle Creek Antiques, her first business venture, on Friday, Feb. 1. The store is in the Junker Building — considered one of Sandy’s antiques, since it has housed businesses beyond most residents’ memories.

She has acquired her beginning inventory from other businesses and her home as well as some consignments. Sanders said future inventory would be added from local consignments.

Among the varied items displayed on the weathered, wooden floor of the Junker Building are 20th-century furniture, wall hanging plates, a glass-top table held up by a city of Pendleton street lamp, baggage trunks, clocks, a hand-powered Disney video viewer, bonnet hair dryer, glassware, a large icebox from the early 20th century, a travel vanity set, a 1940s console (removable) radio with cabinet, tableware, a commode chair and many more.

“The biggest thing for me,” Sanders said, “is just to have antiques that people in Sandy would like to buy.

“Antiques have a value that some people don’t see. With a seasoned product of the past, you get something that is unique — something that no one else has.”

The antique store is organized with grandma’s interests on one side of the store and grandpa’s items on the other side, but as the store fills with consignments the two sides might begin to merge.

Store decorations, Sanders said, are Pacific Northwest style with green boughs, pine cones and what she calls a “cowboy feel.”

Sanders says she’s ready to receive more consignments of anything that has value such as items from the late 19th century or early 20th century.

“I’m not limited to receiving just antiques,” she said. “I’ll take reproductions and anything that has the right look. This is an antique shop, not a thrift shop.”

Tickle Creek Antiques is at 39090-A Pioneer Blvd., and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information, call Sanders at 503-313-6718.