By Terry Rogers
Don Vaughan and his partner, Bill Payton, have always enjoyed refurbishing furniture they discovered at flea markets and auctions. They often included the items they refurbished in displays at Country Flowers, a business they owned and recently sold.
“We love repurposed furniture and unique home decorations,” Mr. Vaughan said. “We look for fun, unique items at auctions and flea markets that we can bring home and make new again. Since my background is in retail, we decided we wanted to open a shop in Milford that would provide people with home décor items that could not be found easily elsewhere.”
To achieve that goal, Mr. Vaughan and Mr. Payton opened Not Too Shabby on December 2 at 301 South Rehoboth Boulevard. The new shop is across the street from Mohawk at the corner of Cedar Beach Road and Rehoboth Boulevard. The shop will offer repurposed furniture, home gifts, candles and a few antiques.
“When I say antiques, I don’t mean expensive, high-end items,” Mr. Vaughan said. “For example, I recently purchased a beautiful art deco cabinet at auction that we were able to refurbish. Although it may technically be an antique, it is also very functional. We will also carry a line of paint as well as Farm Fresh candles. The candles are available in clever containers. We are also carrying a line of personalized pillows that allow buyers to add the name of the town or the Zip code in order to display their hometown pride.”
Mr. Vaughan says that the new store was a natural progression from the flower business they recently sold. Mr. Payton will miss creating the beautiful flower arrangements he provided for customers at Country Flowers, but is excited for the new venture, Mr. Vaughan said. He said that eventually they hope to move into other items, such as lines of soap and other unique items that cannot be found anywhere else. He said they are trying to keep all inventory as local as possible in order to support local artisans. They hope to have a constantly changing inventory so customers will see a different look each time they enter the store.
The building where the new store will be housed has a long history in Milford. Rumpstitch Machine Works began in the building and it was also a filling station at one time. Mr. Vaughan said that they were told the building was used to build stock cars and most recently was used for storage.
“We have given this building a lot of love,” Mr. Vaughan said. “We covered the windows during our renovations so we would have an element of surprise when the doors opened.”
Mr. Vaughan says that they plan to hold workshops that are required by the paint line they plan to carry. The workshops will allow customers to learn how to refurbish furniture and other items on their own. Mr. Vaughan says that they will allow customers to bring their own furniture in to work on or they may have items available in the shop that have been picked up here and there at flea markets or auctions. Customers can purchase the unfinished items and use them in the workshop.
“We are hoping the workshops will become a great community gathering,” Mr. Vaughan said. “We want to give this shop the old country store feel, where people can come in, chat, have a cup of coffee and talk about the things they are looking to find for their home. It is such a great feeling to talk to someone about something they want in their home and then find exactly what they need.”
Mr. Vaughan and Mr. Payton are still deciding the hours the shop will be open, although they do plan to be open at least on weekends throughout the holiday season. Many of the items in the shop will be shared on Facebook and other social media as well.