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This is Texoma: Junk Stars

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Dorothy Shackleford (left) and Kimberly Taylor are the proprietors of Junk Stars. (KTEN) Dorothy Shackleford (left) and Kimberly Taylor are the proprietors of Junk Stars. (KTEN)
There's an old pickup truck over the entrance to Junk Stars. (KTEN) There's an old pickup truck over the entrance to Junk Stars. (KTEN)
Shackleford and Taylor take garage sale items and turn them into works of art. (KTEN) Shackleford and Taylor take garage sale items and turn them into works of art. (KTEN)
There's plenty of evidence that Junk Stars co-owner Dorothy Shackleford has a well-known son. (KTEN) There's plenty of evidence that Junk Stars co-owner Dorothy Shackleford has a well-known son. (KTEN)
Junk Stars is another new attraction in downtown Tishomingo. (KTEN) Junk Stars is another new attraction in downtown Tishomingo. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Downtown Tishomingo is a hoppin' place nowadays with that new restaurant (Ole Red, if you haven't heard).

But not far from Main Street, just follow the "Welcome to Tishomingo" sign and you'll find a place that takes you back a bit, with an old pickup truck that's just drawing in the customers.

"Well, we like to take something that's really ugly and kind of make it look pretty," explained Dorothy Shackleford, one-half of Junk Stars.

"So Blake says, 'Why don't y'all take this little area down there behind my warehouse and put you in a store?' So that's what we did."

Who's "Blake?"

"He's my son!"

Shackleford is Blake Shelton's momma, and by the look of things, she's just your typical proud parent.

"I said, 'Blake, you gotta come see the store!' And he said, 'OK.' So he come in, and he and looks around, and said, 'Oh my God! I thought you said this was gonna be a junk store!' I said, 'It is!' He said, 'It don't look like junk to me!'"

From the artwork, to jewelry, to unique decor -- even vintage items -- Dorothy and her business partner Kimberly Taylor say the heart of their store comes down to one-of-a-kind items, the fun, and that hometown feel.

"Oh my, we are a thrift store," Taylor insisted. "Yard sale-ing, garage sale-ing ditch-digging, dumpster-diving fools!"

Taylor said she and Shackleford buy out garage sales and hoarders. "We're horrible!" she said. "What we asked for for Christmas is storage units!"

And when you walk into Junk Stars, you never know what you'll find. They can turn an old shovel into art, and if you have a question about anything they've crafted -- from the floors to the ceiling --  they can tell you exactly how to do it.

Best of all, what's made here is made with love, including the unique "cards" that Shackleford says are her favorites.

"Instead of throwing them in a drawer, you can set them up and let everybody see them," she said.

The cards are personally signed, and hand-made for you by Dorothy Shackleford.

"I wish I'd-a met her in high school," Taylor said of her business partner. "She's a dang good friend; we work well together.."

They're sharing a little piece of what it really means to say, "Welcome to Tishomingo!"

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