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The Oddity Shop  
By Linda Laverty 

Have you ever heard of a doctor prescribing rain for health reasons?

Well, after living in the lovely Virgin Islands for 30 years, John and Sarah Burrows were prescribed to move to a place where there is a lot of rain. John had recurring battles with skin cancer. His occupation as a marine contractor building docks kept him in the elements most of the time, while Sarah ran a small gift shop.

Eventually John’s doctor told him to get out of the tropics or the sun would kill him. “Go someplace where it rains a lot, John!” John knew Oregon so he and Sarah decided to check out areas to move to. After seeing the climate around Coquille was literally ‘just what the doctor ordered’ they settled here on the gorgeous Southern Oregon Coast in 1994 to retire. But they flunked retirement.
The Oddity Shop's Owner Sarah Burrows
Visit Sarah’s shop for the perfect rainy day diversion.

Mr. Burrows would often go to the Coquille Saturday Market to sell the belongings they didn’t need after moving here from the Caribbean. He enjoyed the task so much that in February of 2000 they decided to open a retail business of their own.

The Oddity Shop is a successful mini-mall now, with 15 vendors selling a variety of items from vintage to new – gently used furniture, antiques, collectibles, household items, a Book Loft that includes children’s books, and all kinds of oddities you’d never expect to find.

Mr. Burrows passed a few years ago, but Mrs. Burrows continues to keep the shop open for business six days a week. “I really enjoy my customers,” says Mrs. Burrows. “People here are so nice. I don’t feel like I’m at work at all! I like visiting with them or helping them find that special item they want.”

 Located conveniently near Figaro’s Pizza at 60 West 1st St. in Coquille, the shop is open from 10am - 5:30pm, Monday through Saturday, phone (541) 396-3660. So, the next time you think there’s just too much rain here, take a shopping break to the sunshine of Sarah Burrows’ smile. You won’t even notice the rain after shopping and chatting with Sarah. Don’t be surprised to come home with an oddity or two.

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