Zeeland shop of repurposed furniture, home decor is Not So Shabby

Deborah Johnson Wood

Shoppers who love cottage and shabby chic decorating styles will feel right at home at Not So Shabby, a new home décor and furniture store in downtown Zeeland.

The store, 152 E. Main St., connects to MainStreet Sweets, both owned by Jackie Bordner and her husband, Duane.

"We have ten different vendors who sell antiques, new and used home décor, and cottage-y shabby chic furniture," says Jackie Bordner. "One section is all retro items from the '50s, '60s and '70s. We also have a handful of crafters, and an interior designer who has a lot of her own clientele, but also sells shabby chic furniture, antique clocks and old bottles."

The shop also has an upholsterer who does custom reupholstery and sells reupholstered furniture, Bordner says.

Vendors rent floor space for $2 a square foot, but Bordner says the shop doesn't have a "boxed up" look like an antiques mall. Each vendor's booth flows into the next vendor's space, so much so that many customers don't realize it.

The Bordners have proven they are creative entrepreneurs. They opened Clothes Junkie in 2007, MainStreet Sweets in 2009, and set out on this new venture earlier this year.

"We sold Clothes Junkie, and right after that, this space became available," Bordner says. "I always loved buying and selling and redoing furniture just for myself. We watched a similar store in Holland to see how well they would do, and we figured if they could do so well, why can't we?"

Not So Shabby is open Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 10 to 8, Weds. 10 to 5:30, and Sat. 10- to 4:30.

Source: Jackie Bordner, Not So Shabby; Abigail de Roo, City of Zeeland

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Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at [email protected] Development News tips can be sent to [email protected]
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