MANSFIELD – A Mansfield couple has turned their hobby into a full-time job.
Juan (Jo-Wan) Stuckman-Barndollar and her husband Dan Stuckman opened Shed Penny along Fourth Street in downtown Mansfield earlier this month to sell upcycled furniture and antiques, which all come with a story.
“We try to tell everyone something, to give them a story to go with the piece,” Juan said. “And if they don’t have a story, we let them know that we’ll embellish it for them. We have fun with it.”
Before opening the brick-and-mortar location, Juan sold a picture of a horse at the Prairie Peddler Festival, telling the customer that it was “little Joe’s first horse from the show Bonanza.”
At the same event, Dan sold a picture of a woman with a child after explaining to the interested women that “it was his baby picture.”
This same creativity is what inspires the couple to upcycle old furniture, transforming dingy or worn items into ones more fitting for modern homes.
For instance, they transformed a telephone table, or “gossip bench” where families might have once sat to speak on their landline, into a freshly painted and cleaned up charging station for today’s cell phones by adding a power strip to the piece.
“Our brains just never shut off,” Juan said.
She often scans Pinterest and watches "Flea Market Flip" and other HGTV shows to draw inspiration.
Further, Juan is convinced she drew a portion of her creativity from her late father, Bill Barndollar. A Shelby native, Juan recalls how her father often brought items home that otherwise would have been thrown out at his workplace.
Once, Bill Barndollar used bowling pins as the legs to a stool, and another time, he built a small pool for Juan.
The name Barndollar was the inspiration for the new store’s name.
“What we did was, we reduced Barndollar down to Shed Penny,” Juan said.
She had been working at The Boot Life, which is directly beside her new store, when the owner encouraged her to fill the newly vacant spot left by The Urban Barn & Country Decor.
“So we took the plunge,” Juan said.
The couple received the building keys on June 30, moved in July 1 and opened by July 5. They had already completed dozens of upcycled furniture pieces and had stored them in the garage, so the biggest item on their to-do list was to organize and stage the pieces.
Since then, Dan - a Bucyrus native - has already started working on more pieces from the store’s basement.
“I have a lot of ideas in my head and he tries to make them happen for me,” Juan said.
Additionally, Shed Penny will sell upcycled jewelry, made by Juan, and eventually stationary.
Store hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store’s address is 34 W. Fourth St.