SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield store’s taking items from the past and repurposing them.
The items at Riley’s Second-Hand Furniture are quirky and definitely unique, but most importantly they’re recycled.
“People really seem to kind of enjoy that take on the old vintage and antique and industrial pieces kind of brought back to life,” said Jessie Riley, artist and Riley’s Second-Hand Furniture Owner.
He and his wife thought about opening a store like this for a while because it means more to own a piece of furniture that’s been recycled.
“There’s so much well-made furniture on this planet right now that technically we don’t have to make anymore. But still people buy tons and tons of stuff. The stuff that was made here in America back in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, it’s solid wood, duck tail joints, beautiful, beautiful pieces. And the stuff’s already lasted 50 years, and it’s going to last another 50 years,” Riley said.
“It’s a mechanical pencil sharpener turned electric, with the use of some old parts and a can opener. And I had it on the shelf for a while and just kind of looked at it and thought you know it would be really neat if we turned it electric,” Riley said.
Riley says the creative process takes some time, but the end result is always rewarding.
“If I get to a point where I’m not quite sure where to go with it, I’ll set it off to the side. And then a couple weeks or a month will go by, and then it will hit me in my head – oh!” Riley said.
He says if you notice the world around you, you can make anything.
“A lot of times it’s seeing what’s around me and walking around and just kind of going through you know life and just seeing how certain pieces are being used and how certain pieces aren’t being used and then kind of taking that and kind of putting my own spin and saying you what that would be really cool if we did this this and this to it,’ Riley said.