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Ironclad friendship: Trio gives new life to old pieces in Amboy store

A trio of friends with a shared passion for finding new uses for old materials has found their repurpose in life, and it’s called the Iron Tree home decor shop.

Amboy resident Gina McCoy and longtime friends Rachel Albright of Sheridan and Maria Lowe of Naperville opened the store that sells refurbished furniture and homemade fixtures on Feb. 11 in a historic building at 205 N. Jefferson Ave.

The trio salvage a variety of materials and antiques – barn wood, iron pieces, old windows and the like – and repurpose them as tables, shelves, home art and other decorations.

“When you salvage and remake something, it makes it one of a kind,” said McCoy, 51.

Work to transform the materials can anywhere from a few hours to a week, depending on the project.

“It all starts with having an idea, coming across the right wood and other materials, and then being patient,” she said.

The shop is filled with nature-inspired pieces, as well as jewelry made locally out of silverware by Detour Designs, handmade clay pottery from Ocken’s Pottery, and a line of Blue Flame candles hand-poured in Florida.

Opening the store was a way for the three to pool their passions, McCoy said.

“All my life, I have enjoyed a love of antiques and home decor.”


Iron Tree is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 205 N. Jefferson Ave. in Amboy.

The store will host a summer "Branching Out" event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 featuring outdoor booths with homemade items, a bake sale, and hot dogs and pulled pork.

Find Iron Tree on Facebook or call 779-861-0839 for more information.


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