About Us...the Junque Drawer Ladies
Jane Hosey Stern...Creator, artist, owner of Junque Drawer Boutique in Olathe, KS, Mass Street Mercantile in Lawrence, KS, & Junque Drawer Studio Online/Website.
After 35 years as a teacher & counselor, Jane found it a natural transition to move into her other love...creating art & jewelry & repurposed stuff and to do that in a store called Junque Drawer.
Along with offering a wide variety of unusual products, customers are also drawn to her popular classes to create self-expressive art. Jane, her daughter, Hannah, and many of her friends offer art adventures from jewelry creation, beaded wineglass & bar items, poetry stepping stones, junk collage art, and much more. "I knew I was in for an adventure when I realized I'd rather root through trash cans in our alley in Medicine Lodge, KS, than play other stuff. Finding treasures, re-working them into jewelry, home adornments and wall art was emblazed into my being starting in the 1960's and has been an phenomenally wonderful addiction every since. I combine typewriter keys, game pieces, trinkets, charms, parts of car license tags, optometrist lenses, watch parts, buttons, and pieces of whatever and put them together in a unique style to adorn yourself and your home. When I doodled endlessly on my papers in school, I was just practicing for making my wisdom quote signs that I now love to make! I now doodle on canvas signs, wood beaded handle plaques, vintage bags, people's walls, furniture, greeting cards, suitcases, toolboxes, etc... nothing is safe! Along with my our handmade items, the Junque Drawer Boutique, Junque Drawer Next Door AND our Junque Drawer Studio Online Store are full of great pieces we've created or found from other artists & companies that we LOVE.
Hannah Stern...Store manager at Junque Drawer Boutique & Junque Drawer Next Door (Olathe, KS), special events coordinator, social media chick, & artist
With a degree in Stategic Communications, Hannah dabbled in several fun jobs, before ending up at Junque Drawer with her mom. Bar & grill work, structural engineering office, and radio station fun times...all enjoyed...but here we are together at the Drawer as she finishes up her first 25 years of life. She thrives on organization, creativity, optimistic environments and can throw a party! With glasses of red wine in front of us, together we've made this thing work. Other than the occasional mother/daughter clashing/drama, we haven't killed each other yet.
We doodle up ideas, we constantly search out cool stuff, we hold art adventure classes & private events in the studio and Hannah does what Hannah does and makes the journey worthwhile.
On the back of our Junque Drawer t-shirts is my favorite quote:
"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult."
(E.B.White...author of Charlotte's Web)