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JEFFERSON — Prairie Farmhouse, a boutique that mixes antiques with new clothing, jewelry and home accessory lines, opened earlier this month.

“We buy most of our furniture out of Missouri. We do a couple of trips a year,” said owner Gini Christie.

“Most of our new things are from very small companies. We want things you can’t find anywhere else,” she said. And they’re items that she and her daughters would want in their own home.

Christie may be a familiar face to many mid-Willamette Valley residents. She operated Peabody’s Antiques in downtown Albany for 17 years, but that shop closed in 2011 after her mother and business partner Alice Ammon passed away.

“We started when I was 17. We had tons of fun. We traveled and did shows, promoted antique shows. We learned together,” Christie said.

Now she’s working with her daughters Ashley Christie and McKenzie Christie, and they’re naturals for such a business, as they grew up around Peabody’s.

Jefferson also is a natural fit. The trio lives about a mile away, and Christie’s father used to farm in the area. Plus, the city has grown in the last few years, but there’s still a small town feel.

Christie said Jefferson has never had a shop like Prairie Farmhouse, and it gives residents a chance to buy an upscale gift, or something old with some character, without leaving for Albany, Salem or elsewhere.

The new inventory for Prairie Farmhouse will always be changing, and currently includes Jefferson and Oregon themed hats, clothing and stickers.

“You think of antique malls as stuffy places. We want to be more relaxed,” Ashley Christie said. There’s also plenty of items for guys, including fishing themed T-shirts from Dead Weight Fly and more.

Among the other small brands the store will carry are Fin First, Needham Lane, Meant Mfg., Yelena Noah Jewelry, Medina Mercantile, Forestbound and paintings by Kim Starr.

Prairie Farmhouse, 210 Church St., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-327-2334, go to the businesses Facebook or Instagram pages, or follow on Twitter via @PrFarmhouse.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.


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