Local women create antique store venture

PARKERSBURG – Two local women have taken their own advice and doing what they love in the form of a business venture.

The two are selling refurbished and antique items in Parkersburg as well as operating a business to help homeowners with the task of decorating.

Jillian Wroten of Vienna and Kelita Deems of Parkersburg said they started the company to do what they have always told their children to – follow their dreams.

The business they started, Sifters LLC, allows the women to “sift” through junk, including items they find at flea markets, thrift shops, yard sales and even in the trash. The pair rented a house at 2703 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, and call their shop Juxtapose.

Wroten said she and her best friend are living their dream.

“It never occurred to me that my dreams could be real life,” she said. “They were always just dreams; now I’m living the dream.”

Deems said time flies when the pair are working.

“We have so much fun,” she said. “It’s like a treasure hunt; we literally shift through (items).”

The two women have been friends for a long time and have gotten together to utilize their talents, including creating pieces and finding treasures.

“We’ve been doing this all our lives,” Wroten said. “To have an outlet now for that creativity has been really cathartic.”

Deems said they enjoy putting together pieces and come up with a new favorite every day.

“Each time we do one we say that is our new favorite,” Wroten said. “No – that’s my new favorite.”

There are a pair of chairs sitting next to a wall in the shop that Wroten said she has been working on.

She said a woman asked if she could decorate the plain wooden chairs because everything in her house is upholstered and she has nowhere to tell her dirt-riddled husband to sit when he comes home after a long work day.

Wroten said the woman was clear she wanted them to be unique, so that’s what she did.

The women painted the two wooden chairs white and designed them with black and red markings, including quotations on the side of the chairs.

“She didn’t just want a painted chair and we want to make (customers) something they wouldn’t find anywhere else,” Wroten said.