Our Company

Our Vision

With today’s growing ecological awareness and the current economic state, resale shopping has increased all across the country. In fact, shopping resale is now considered to be eco-chic. The Wabi Sabi Shop has a vision of redefining the word “Resale” by putting more emphasis on “Re” and less on “Sale”.

  • Reuse – make a conscious choice to use or buy a pre-owned product.
  • Reduce – eliminate clutter, pare down one’s belongings and eliminate excess.
  • Recycle – share one’s goods with others by donating, selling or consigning – not just trashing!
  • Revive – clean it, strip or restore the finish; redress it in new colors, finish, hardware; bring it back to life.
  • Redecorate – recreate and transform your existing space to suit your actual needs, purposes or lifestyle, as it changes.

 

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Our Founder

Our founder, Kay Frandsen, is the creative force behind the Wabi Sabi Shop. Beginning with her childhood years as a 4-H member and continuing throughout her career in design, Kay has always found joy in making home not only a beautiful, comfortable refuge, but an outward expression of one’s personality. Her home is filled with furnishings that once belonged to her parents and grandparents as well as items she’s built, bought or found at garage sales. From this delight in pre-owned belongings and a love for both meaningful and beautiful things, Kay has conceived and designed the Wabi Sabi Shop.bkg-founder

Kay was raised on a farm in central Iowa, the daughter of Jack and Dorothy Frandsen. Beauty in the home was something she learned as a child growing up in an 1890 Victorian farm home. Jack’s resourceful abilities allowed him to not only manage a large grain and cattle-feeding set-up, but also remodel every room of their house, while Dorothy’s creative talents enabled the family to express their individuality throughout the decoration of each room. Learning from her parents, Kay chose to major in both Interior Design and Craft design at Iowa State University, graduating in 1979.

Kay’s diverse talents and 30-year career in the design and construction industry provide the basis for the shop’s distinct offerings and unique niche. The inventory, made available through consignment, is carefully selected for quality and style, reflecting her imaginative and subtle artisan preferences. The workshops and design services offered also reflect Kay’s practical, but philosophical nature. She has a passion for seeing the value in objects both artistic and functional and has a desire to make beauty in the home affordable for everyone.

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Our Staff

Kay Frandsen
Kay Frandsen
Kay Frandsen has lived in Plymouth since 1984 – she loves to laugh, likes to cook and garden, and takes Lily with her everywhere. She’s as comfortable using a sewing machine or 4-harness loom as she is with a chain saw or turning lathe. Personal design style: casual elegance with hints of whimsy and nostalgia. Her favorite saying – “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Erik Olson
Erik Olson
Erik Olson and his wife, Barbara, have lived in the Twin Cities since 1981. A recent empty-nester and former long-time creative advertising guy, Erik now loves to make art out of trash. For some reason he thinks it is better to want what you have rather than to have what you want. A wise friend of his told him life was a lot easier that way. Style-wise, he is a mid-century modern junkie.
Elise Kingman
Elise Kingman
Elise Kingman has lived in Wayzata most of her life – with the exception of an 8-year hiatus in Seattle with her husband, Woody & their 3 children. Elise loves the outdoors and can either be found in her garden or hitting the pavement for long runs with friends. She enjoys travelling . . . especially when it’s a quick get-away for some warmth during our long Minnesota winters.

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Crystal Gillis
Crystal grew up in the military,  saw many parts of the world and has lived in Minnesota since 1982. With 30 years experience working for a national discount retailer we’re very happy she’s a true believer in Reuse, Recycle and Redesign. Crystal enjoys  working in her flower gardens, going to garage sales and loves all types of animals (especially dogs). She makes visiting local zoos part of her regular travel itinerary.

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Vicki Hertz
After a 20+ year career in the home remodeling industry, Vicki and her husband relocated and downsized from their home in Minnetonka to a new, much smaller home in Wright county. Now that she’s near her 2 daughters she can enjoy caring for her grand babies. And when she isn’t chasing after the little ones, she enjoys painting, gardening and refurbishing furniture. She is currently learning how to quilt. Say “Hi” to Vicki if you come in on a Saturday!

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Lily
Lily
Lily is a Wheaten Terrier and loves chasing critters in the back yard, sleeping on her back and riding in the car. She recently stayed at Camp BowWow while Kay attended the NARTS conference. When Kay returned, Lily made it clear she would’ve preferred staying at the Hyatt to camping. Her favorite saying: “Want to go for a ride?”