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Pewter Rabbit to close after 33 years: 'She's been a huge asset to the area'

Shelley Maynard has called her store home for 33 years. She plans to cease operation later this month. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Sometimes you don't learn your best history out of a book.

Sometimes you have to see it and touch it for yourself.

And all things old have been the passion of Shelley Maynard at Pewter Rabbit Antiques on East Broadway in downtown Eugene.

"I grew up in Pennsylvania," she said, "so I know what old is."

Maynard has called her store home for 33 years. She plans to cease operation later this month.

In her early years in Eugene, she had little money to spend. So Maynard would go to Goodwill Stores.

"Buy stuff for a nickel and a dime, take it to the flea market," she recalled. "If I paid a dime, I sold it for a quarter. I didn't know what I was doing, but I bought what I liked."

Those early purchases kindled the idea for her own store:

Not just a collection of old stuff, but the histories behind the stuff.

"That's what I'm doing here," she said. "It's like, it's good functional things, and then there's the stories."

Through 33 years of running this store at 3 locations in Eugene, Maynard said she's never had a losing year.

"You know I never had enough money to make a big mistake," she said, "and we've always lived reasonably."

Nicole Desch, president of the Downtown Eugene Merchants, is sorry to see Pewter Rabbit go.

"We're sad to lose her from our downtown community," she said. "She's been a huge asset to the area."

Now in her final weeks of a going out of business sale, Maynard has priced most items at 50 percent off.

Why leave a successful business behind?

Maynard says it's just time to retire.

"I've had 33 years of meeting a whole lot of great people," she said, "that I probably would not have met otherwise."

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