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Jane Donahue

"When I was 12, my grandmother got me hooked on treasure hunting in antique shops and garage sales," says Eugene native Jane Donahue, owner of Merry Jane Clothier at 1670 Willamette. "I learned to value older things, to appreciate recycling and reusing." After graduation from Sheldon High, Donahue studied music, photography, and art at LCC. "I dabbled in the arts," she says. "My first job was in the art department at the UO Bookstore, for eight years." She worked for 16 years at a local aerial photo lab, then returned to school to take business courses. "I started collecting vintage clothing," she says. "I found clothes for friends and family members." In 2007, she began selling her finds at grange-hall shows put on by Janice Johnston of Primrose Lane antiques in Coburg. Encouraged by Johnston, she opened her store in Springfield in 2009, then relocated to Eugene in June of 2012. She visits estate sales, shops online, features local artists, and accepts items on consignment. "I have a passion for supporting curvy women," says Donahue, who carries clothing in sizes small through 6X. "From the moment I opened my doors, I've wanted to create a haven, a beautiful space for women to come and shop for affordable, feminine clothing." Appearing with her in the photo is shop mascot and rescue dog Belle.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 6 December 2012

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