burnishing door panel with blowtorch
Photo: Beth Perkins
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Going Solo

The store has since closed, but Cheryl now takes orders through her own website (junkchickdesigns.com). To supplement her income, she works in real estate, which has its perks. When clearing out their homes to sell, Cheryl's clients often give her old hardware, tools, and furniture, which she refinishes or farms for parts. "They'll say, 'I was going to throw it out, but I'd rather see someone use it,'" she explains.

Shown: She burnishes a door's incised panel design with a blowtorch.
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