Rebekah Sawvell from Flipped Out Furniture: Making everything old new again

People: Rebekah Sawvell, owner

Place: Flipped Out Furniture (1517 N Harrison Street, Davenport, IA). The store sells refinished furniture and decor.

As of writing, Flipped Out Furniture is open Monday and Friday 12 - 6 pm, Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday from 12 - 4 pm.

 Rebekah surrounded by some of the many wares in her store.

Rebekah surrounded by some of the many wares in her store.

While many of us go through a phase in our lives with furniture that contains more cardboard than wood and comes in a flat box, there also comes a time when we want something with a little more character behind it.

Flipped Out Furniture, in Davenport’s up-and-coming Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood, has furniture with so much character that each piece is literally one of a kind. Rebekah Sawvell got started down this road when she saw a piece of furniture at the curb and began repainting it in her driveway. For her, “the passion behind it was to keep things out of the dump.”

From her driveway, to a booth at the Freight House Farmer’s Market, to a storefront on Harrison Street that has since expanded into 3 showrooms, a lot of almost-trash has been turned into home decor with a story behind it.

Rebekah’s dad was an early partner, her mom works in the store, her kids have helped out, and her fiancé has a construction background that fits right in. Like many small businesses, it’s a family effort.

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While the larger pieces in the store are still rescued, repurposed and refinished furniture, Sawvell also sells a selection of vintage and retro home decor items and even pieces newly made from reclaimed materials. “We sell a lot of these little boxes built from scrap wood that would otherwise just go in the trash,” she explains.

Recently Flipped Out has also began doing custom in-home work as well, which provides even more opportunities to keep those tired-looking cabinets and furniture from heading off to the landfill.

Thanks, Rebekah! Check out Flipped Out Furniture on Facebook.

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