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Whispering Acres Tails and Treasures in Jansen re-purposes old treasures

November 24, 2018 GMT

JANSEN — A store in Jefferson County is bringing new life to old treasures.

Whispering Acres Tails and Treasures opened three years ago in April near Jansen.

“We advertise our hours on our Facebook page and put the signs on Highway 136,” said co-owner Jill Kuzelka. “We’re about a mile off the highway and people just stop by.”

Kuzelka started the shop with her husband Jamie because they both enjoy re-purposing old items.

“We decided that the house was getting too small for all of the treasures and so we needed to do something to share the wealth,” Jill said. “It was getting a little ridiculous.”

The two moved all of the tools out of a shed they owned and Jamie built a floor. Now, all the treasures are stored in there unless the garage or patio needs to be used for special occasions, said Jill.

The store features an indoor pond with a bridge over it. According to Jill, it was only natural for the shop to encompass the outdoors inside the shed.

“I like to do the florals and paint. Jamie does the woodworking. I have the vision and he makes it, ” said Jill. “This pond used to be outside, but Jamie got tired of helping clean it out all the time. There’s a big tree right outside and the leaves and little helicopter things are a mess in the fall. So Jamie just built walls around it and a roof over it.”

Sometimes, their kids and other people will help out.

“But usually it’s just us that creates,” Jill said.

Whispering Acres Tails and Treasures is typically open one weekend a month, depending on work schedules.