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Fleurs Vintage Charm offers something for everyone

Photo Credit: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Kathy Frydenlund has opened Fleurs Vintage Charm - more of an obsession than a business, she says - on Willamette Falls Drive.Sometimes things work out perfectly.

At least they did for Kathy Frydenlund when she opened Fleurs Vintage Charm on Willamette Falls Drive.

The location is one of the most charming shopping streets in Oregon, and Frydenlund’s new shop fits in perfectly. It offers classic antique items for both home and garden, and also new items.

As Frydenlund said, “It has something for everybody. We’re able to blend the new with the old.”

Fleurs is a dream come true for Frydenlund, who has wanted such a shop for the entire 27 years she has lived in this area.

She started out as a swimsuit designer for Jantzen, but then she was overcome by a passion for antiques for homes and gardens.

However, she couldn’t follow through on this passion because she was raising three children.

But now her kids have grown up and gone, so Frydenlund is catching her dream.

“I’ve been dying to open a store along this street,” Frydenlund said. “The timing was perfect. This is the oldest building in this area (built in 1893) and this is a vintage store. It’s just perfect. It’s just prime!”

Frydenlund has made Fleurs even more perfect with what she has put inside. The eyes of customers always pop out when they walk in and see things like a horse sleigh. Frydenlund is not even sure how much it is worth, so she put a price tag saying “Priceless” on it.

Then there is the antique bird house with lots of holes for birds to stick their little heads out.

“Actually, it’s more like a bird condo,” Frydenlund said.

Then there is the classic armoire. Frydenlund noted that similar armoires sell for $10,000 back East.

Upstairs there is a lot more, including lots of garden statuary and ironwork that can turn your lawn into a paradise. For the few men out there with good taste there is even a section called the Man Cave.

“The shabby chic look is so popular now,” Frydenlund said. “I like to blend that look with my style. I’ve been collecting these kind of things for 30 years. I became really involved with what I call treasure hunting.”

Ironically, the song “My Favorite Things” came over on the radio while Frydenlund was talking. It is a perfect theme song for her shop.

“This is more of an obsession than a business,” Frydenlund said.

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