Good Ju Ju dealer Sherri Peters bio
It’s always your mother’s fault.
Sherri Peters feels like she spent most of her childhood at garage sales and auctions with her mom. Her mom was an “upcycler” before that concept even existed. Sherri’s mom is a self-taught upholsterer and furniture re-finisher and also taught Sherri those skills. Sherri still remembers buying her first refinishing project at an auction when she was 10 years old– an antique sewing machine base for $6.
Of course, as a kid she hated all those old stuff. As an adult, however, that old stuff just seemed to gradually find a way into her house. At first it was just vintage trunks that Sherri used in her first apartment as end tables, but only because it was all she had. Fast forward a few years (we’ll never tell how many) and Sherri’s home is a wonderful mix of vintage pieces and modern furniture. And yes, just like her mom, she upholsters, refinishes and paints furniture, sews pillows and draperies, and loves to go to auctions (and drag her daughter along)!
Sherri’s philosophy is to fill her space at Good Ju Ju with things she loves, which can be quite eclectic from classic 19th century furniture styles like Eastlake and Empire to more rustic farmhouse pieces. She will paint a piece when it needs it, but often cannot bring herself to anger the antique gods by painting wonderful woods like walnut. Sherri adds in classic “shelf fillers” that would work in any home, like silverplate pieces, transferware china and vintage books.
Sherri loves to sew seasonal accent pillows making sure that each one has something special about it. For fun, she also makes “tooth fairy pillows” that give the tooth fairy a place to finalize the tooth-treat exchange. The fun part is coming up with new tooth character designs. Sherri also enjoys upholstering vintage side chairs, benches and stools to give them a new attitude.
If case you wondered, Sherri’s teenage daughter proclaims that she doesn’t like that old stuff…..but we all know that will change with time.