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‘Well worth your trip’

Prim Pickens sells furniture, decor with a rustic feel

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:20 a.m. CDT
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Sarah Foshee, owner of Prim Pickins, designs and builds most of the primitive-style furniture and home decor items found in her store at 607 Griswold Ave. in Sterling.

STERLING – In her 20 years of making furniture, Sarah Foshee has built up a following.

“People who know me, they’re like ‘Sarah can do that. Sarah can do that,’” she said.

She makes custom furniture, and sometimes delivers large items for no fee.

Foshee opened Prim Pickins July 30 at 607 Griswold Ave. in a small building next to her parents’ home, which for 38 years housed their store, H&R Bait Shop.

The location is “off the beaten path,” she acknowledges. In fact, a sign on Fourth Street tells westbound drivers “Prim Pickins” can be found if they turn right.

Her service keeps customers coming back, she said.

“I promise it’ll be well worth your trip,” she said.

Among other things, Foshee makes entertainment centers, TV stands, kitchen tables, bar tables, sofa tables, coffee tables, end tables, bookcases, bunk beds, dressers, windowpanes, stools, benches, hutches, storage chests, hall trees and quilt racks.

She also makes small home decor items.

“If it can be built out of wood, I can make it,” she said.

The store is named after her style of furniture: primitive. Pieces are made by hand, with simple, straight lines. “It’s all new, but I make it look old,” she said.

She uses quality materials, and her items have what a lot of people call character, she said.

For instance, she points to a knot in the wood on top of a pub table.

“That’s how it comes,” she said. “I don’t put anything in there.”

Foshee, 40, is a 1991 Sterling High School graduate. She and her husband, Joe Foshee, 41, live in Galt. They have a 10-year-old, Jeremiah.

Prim Pickins

Prim Pickins sells Sarah Foshee's primitive furniture. The store at 607 Griswold Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Call 815-499-7754 or find the business on Facebook for more information.

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