Lisa Moberg enjoys taking everyday items and giving them a thoughtful twist to create a second life with a new purpose.
For example, she transformed an old armoire into storage for bottles of wine.
"It's for those closet drinkers," she joked.
That clever and whimsical attitude explains why her new shop in Kennewick -- Lisa's Second Use -- seems unique among antique or collectible shops in the Tri-Cities.
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Cut glass bowls and plates stack up to become lamps. Old metal tractor seats and metal milk cans are converted into outdoor seating. China cups and saucers come together as a birdfeeder.
Sitting in the center of the shop is an aged white pergola, draped in sheer yellow fabric. Hanging from it are electric chandeliers and solar-powered lights made from china cups and saucers, canning jars and wine bottles.
An old metal kitchen cabinet -- the sink removed and the top recovered -- serves as the store's front counter and adds to the dcor. A battered wood screen door separates the shop from the workroom.
"Given the choice between a rusty bucket and a new one, we'd both take the rusty one. It has character," said Heidi Kendall, Moberg's business partner and fellow creator of shabby chic furniture.
Moberg has been selling her creations at gift shows in the Northwest since October. She and Kendall met in April while they were selling at an antique and vintage show at TRAC in Pasco.
Earlier this year, Moberg decided the time was right to open a storefront, so she leased the shop at 216 W. Kennewick Ave., in historic downtown Kennewick.
On June 1, she opened Lisa's Second Use.
Two weeks later, Moberg invited Kendall to join her.
"We both love rustic and unusual things, of giving new life to things most people would throw away," Kendall said.
Moberg said her interest in repurposing began 35 years ago. As elderly family members passed on, they left their possessions for her.
"I'm adopted, so family treasures mean a lot to me," Moberg said. "But you can only have so much before it becomes too much. And if you're putting things away in drawers and boxes, you can't enjoy them and the memories they bring."
Inspiration and materials for her creations come from trips to yard sales and estate sales, visits to junk yards and drives around town.
"I find things wherever and whenever I can," Moberg said. "I get calls literally every day from people asking me if I can use this or that. I hardly ever say no. I can find a use for just about anything."
Moberg and Kendall already are making plans to expand the shop.
"We want to add workshops and teach women how to use power tools so they can create their own repurposed treasures," Moberg said.
Lisa's Second Use is open from 11 a.m .to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 509-627-5472.