Amy has been living and teaching Art in Liberty Mo for the past 14 years. She's been junking and collecting with an obsessive passion for about the last 7 years, but has created, painted or drawn every day of her life that she can remember!
What does Amy look for? Junk that screams her name! Ornate and funky furniture pieces that are in need of some serious surface refinishing and could use a little lovin'. Furniture is her favorite canvas and she loves to transform it into a signature piece that someone will love to have in their home again. Tramp Art and anything groovy and glass from the 70s, original portraits, artwork and paintings (you know they have a story!), most anything colorful, kitschy, flashy, fancy, shiny, sparkly, or in any way over the top, unique, and "gaudylicious!"
What are her favorite finds? There are tons of them!...and she found most of them here at Good JuJu actually...both a benefit and a hazard of working here!
Favorite thing she's created: Her home..."I've tried to make sure that everything in it has some history, character, and special meaning to me", says Amy. "I love working with the peeps at Good JuJu because we all have such an appreciation for each other and what we do. Our customers are just as awesome...I'm constantly amazed by how often I see customers helping each other or have myself been helped by a customer when moving or carrying something around the store for someone
What does Amy love to do the most? Refinishing, re-purposing and reviving quality vintage and antique furniture to give it the personality that it deserves and to give you a signature piece for your home that you will love"!
Willa Raybould - Princess of Mosaic & Purveyor of Fine vintage clothing
Sally Paredes - Artist and furniture transformer
Quality painted furniture. Re-purposed furniture. Re-purposed household items such as yardsticks, cabinet doors, old frames, windows and more, into unique, functional accent pieces for your home.
Leanna & Maurice - Jams, Jellies and tons of style
We search barns, hay lofts, attics, cellars and quiet old estates to uncover astounding antique, vintage, mid-century, and retro treasures! Our goal is to make amazing forgotten pieces relevant for today's living spaces. Maurice uses a vibrant color pallet to refresh and revive hutches, buffets, unique chairs, side tables, dressers, armoires, night-stands, dining- room sets and quirky little accent pieces. It is our goal to make affordable redecorating in today's economy totally possible! We have truckloads of back-stock in store for the smart shopper who visits the sale more than once during the once a month Good JuJu events! We also offer our Grandmother's Pantry Candied Jalapenos, Old Fashioned Lime Pickles, Chow- Chow, Five Amigos Salsa, Pepper Patch Salsa, Pumpkin Butter, Apple Butter, Sweet Potato Butter, and No Sugar Added jams.
You never know what exciting things you will find in Chris and Dianne Ripper’s space at Good Ju Ju each month because they work hard to buy a unique and eclectic mix. While they don’t specialize in any one category, they do enjoy buying: antique furniture, primitive pieces, vintage jewelry, movie memorabilia, antique camera and photography items, old sporting goods (baseball gloves, vintage photo's, etc), laces and trims and vintage fabric.
You will often find great things to decorate your table and home – Silverplate flatware and serving dishes, vintage linens, elegant glassware, china, candleholders, chandeliers and prisms, architectural elements, wall decor, mirrors, silhouettes, lots of alternative-use interior decorating items and more.
The D-R Designs Jewelry Collection consists of vintage jewelry pieces that have been refashioned into new jewelry designs. Vintage pins, earrings, beads and rhinestone pieces are used to create new necklaces, bracelets and pierced earrings for today’s fashions. New designs are created for each month’s sale. You will also always find a good selection of vintage pins, necklaces and clip earrings that are still in their original form. Chris and Dianne love to find unique antique and vintage items. The best compliment a customer can give them is to say “Oh my gosh, that is so cool! I have never seen anything like it before!”
Geri Wurth - Night Kitchen Vintage.
To me, the "Night Kitchen" is that magical place from which all creativity flows. We all have that mysterious and heart-driven place inside that makes us love what we love when it comes to our homes and lives.
I love to find and re-purpose: mid-century furniture, primitives, industrial pieces, & vintage or antique furniture. Look for contrasts such as a fancy hutch with burlap backing, a Gothic mirror painted teal, or a mid-century cabinet with map-door fronts. I also carry LOTS of fun small treasures: vintage clothing, LP's, vintage jewelry, pendant lamps, vintage frames and prints, home decor and dishes. It tickles me so much to see a customer enjoy a small, well-loved treasure! Check out Geri's Facebook page!
Carrie's Booty -
Carrie has been “going to swap meets and flea markets since “before she was born,” and has an amazing eye for finding hand-made vintage treasures.
Customers at Good Ju Ju almost get lost within Carrie’s stacks of retro side tables and cool midcentury furniture, all leading to a closet armoire Carrie re-purposed, complete with a miniature hanging light inside. The armoire holds belt-buckles, vintage earrings and necklaces, scarves, cowboy boots, salt and pepper sets, tiny vases and vintage dishes. Carrie loves to find things “made in earnest” from metal, wood, stone, or glass. She also adores anything “bizarre or weird.” Like a bronze belt-buckle with a couple square-dancing on it. Or a 1960’s pink shag rug.
“I have always filled my home with vintage furniture and art and worn vintage clothes,” she says. Thus customers will also find a long rack of inspired vintage clothing, along with retro purses, jewelry, midcentury art and tribal or Native art. Carrie also loves music and consistently stocks quality vinyl LP’s.
Carrie’s favorite find? “A beat-up round coffee table covered in red leather.” Carrie appreciates how wonderful Good Ju Ju customers are. “They are willing to brave our busy sales” and truly enjoy the vintage goods we find for them.
You would be lucky to jump into Karen Kessler’s little gray truck and go vintage shopping with her. She is a great shopper and can find, as she says, “the oddest things,” like the dentist’s case full of replica sample teeth. But she also buys ‘normal things.’ Normal vintage things like concrete birdbaths, rustic tables, wood porch swings, watering cans, birdhouses and primitive benches, architectural elements, wall art, mirrors, small furniture, guy collectibles, garden, kitchen oddities, lamps, interior decorating items, and cowboy boots!
Karen is drawn to rustic furniture in grays and whites, primitive tools and old signs, garden décor, and anything having to do with back porches and farmhouses. Her spot at Good Ju Ju abounds with small delights as well: vintage children’s books, game pieces, vintage light bulbs, and those ‘odd’ things again: the faux wood fish with fishhook hangers, two tiny metal fans, and a four foot yard stick.
Karen has shopped for 15 years now and doesn’t plan to stop. “All I can say is that my husband wants his basement back.” She also wants customer to know that she is “available for dating on the nights her husband is gone.” (That's a joke, people) Karen is famous at Good Ju Ju for her energy and sense of humor!
Pat and Mel Clouser - A strange love for the old and funky
Burlap Girls - April and Paige-
When decorating a space, April and Paige of Burlap often think of a particular quote: "A perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life." In order to express life as evolving, flexible, and passionate, April and Paige look for signs of a well-spent life, such as 20th century office and home supplies, industrial keepsakes, original artwork, and lots of expressive vintage clothing for men and women. After finding these style patterns, these women then create a space at Good JuJu which tells a particular kind of story: no matter who you are or what you love, you too can create spaces in your home full of your unique voice, your changing interests, your real and rare passions. Come find all of the treasures of Burlap and change your space with the seasons,the times, or with your own creative mind. Check out Burlap on Facebook
Pam Kenny -
Jana Martinez- Patience pays off!
Pam and Patty- Here to stay and play.
We frequently have typography, vintage linens - aprons, curtains and fabric, tables, chairs, jewelry, paper dolls, advertising memorabilia, vintage toys, books, lamps, unique art furniture, industrial art furniture, unique art, mid-century lamps, bedroom sets, dining room tables & chairs, sofas, easy chairs, vintage toys, painted desks, painted tables, books, china, dishes, retro kitchen, lamps, urban farmhouse, industrial chic, chippy furniture, farmhouse style and all things redesigned, repurposed & restored!
Ted & Mitzi Hargis - "Work in Progress" -Primitives, Shabby, Mucho More
Ted and Mitzi Hargis together make up the team “Work in Progress”, their business making unique art and home furnishing pieces. They live in St. Joe, Missouri, and travel back and forth to Good Ju Ju, stocking their area with some of the coolest industrial pieces in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.
Ted is famous for his lighting fixtures: cultivator wheel chandeliers, metal cylinder pendant lights, and tractor seat ceiling fixtures. “I’ve been collecting stuff for 35 years,” says Ted. “I like unusual metal pieces that I can re-purpose into something useful.” Like birdfeeders and coat racks.
Mitzi paints and restores everything from farm tables to primitive hutches to vintage trunks. She also bakes, and Good Ju Ju vendors are treated every month to her chocolate chip cookies.
Mitzi brings a crafty and primitive touch to whatever she makes; for example, their “Work in Progress” tags are cardstock Mitzi tea-stains to look old. Together this couple can re-purpose any farm implement or old wood furniture into a one-of-a- kind piece. Ted’s favorite one-of-a-kind piece? “Hard to say, I enjoy making all of them.”
Elise Gerdts - UpChic Boutique -
Shelly Graham -
Adam Howard -
Jill Cook - Home at Last Antiques
Amazing inventory of primitives, Americana, Folk Art and more, including: Primitive to formal country antique furniture in original paint and natural wood finishes. Pie safes, dry sinks, cupboards, chests, desks, farm & harvest tables, benches, country store counters and more. Huge inventory of 18th & 19th century American country primitives and accessories. Click Here to see the Home at Last Facebook page