The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 9, 2012

Don’t eat the tarts at Burnt Creek Candles

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Burnt Creek Candles and Consignment is now open for business and offers much more than the typical primitive store.

Shelby Fleshman, tired of working retail jobs, decided to turn her hobby into a full-time job.

She can take an old door and transform it into a beautiful new bench, coffee table, or quilt rack.

She can take an old wooden window and make wall hangings or bookshelves.

Fleshman specializes in taking broken or unused items and revamping them into something entirely new.

“Instead of jewelry, my husband buys me power tools,” Fleshman said, laughing.

She said she especially likes to work with barn wood, creating benches and picture frames.

Although selling her handmade treasures is a great part of owning her own business, Fleshman said that’s not her ultimate goal.

Her ultimate goal is for Burnt Creek Candles to become a place where crafters come to sell their own unique items.

Several booths within her shop are already available to rent, but consignment options are available if someone does not want to rent a space.

“It’s a great opportunity for stay-at-home moms or grandparents who do crafts to earn some extra money.”

Fleshman also sells a variety of candles, tarts, oils, and some unusual oil lamps.

“I don’t do just primitive tin lamps. I have anything from butterflies to skulls to grim reapers.”

She said the lamps come in tin, ceramic, glass and pewter styles.

“I wanted to do this to spend more time with my family and I enjoy doing it. Somebody told me once, ‘If you find something you enjoy doing and make money at it, you’ll never work another day in your life.’”

Burnt Creek Candles and Consignment is located at 902 B Ragland Road, beside Radford and Radford Mining Supply.

For more information, call 304-575-6336.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com