According to the Urban Dictionary, a diamond in the rough means “something that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make it truly stand out from the crowd.” This description truly epitomizes Ashley Powers’ business in Oregon City, Oregon.
Upon leaving her college endeavors, Ashley began to sell off some of the tack she had accumulated as a dressage rider but wasn’t using to generate cash for living expenses. Soon friends were asking her to turn their excess stash into cash too. Ashley began to realize the need for a niche business to handle people’s attic and barn surplus in a way that would attract new owners looking for great bargains. Diamond In The Rough was the result of Ashley’s business plan.
With a goal of offering high quality previously owned horse related items in a friendly service, boutique environment, Ashley opened her consignment store in Oregon City at 22355 South Eaden Road. Rather than merely flip the items that came to her, Ashley determined to give them each a new life in the best possible way by refurbishing and repairing them, thus adding that final touch to make them stand out from the stock of other consignment stores.
Additionally, Ashley discovered that a certain number of people actually wanted to keep what they had because it was comfortable, broken in just right or fit their animal perfectly, but was getting worn out. She began to study with Hans Biglajzer, a world-class saddle maker in Bend, Oregon. He helped Ashley repair and then make new bridles and other tack. She has embraced the hand-sewn technique Hans uses, which locks each stitch and guarantees a longer life for the tack. She moved on to saddle repair, primarily English types as Western saddles require a different construction and repair method. She hopes to build new saddles one day but is satisfied with making bridles and strapgoods on a custom basis for now.
Diamond In The Rough consignment takes all styles of riding gear, saddles, breast straps, bridles and other tack. Ashley also handles horse and human boots, holding to a high standard of quality in the items she resells. She charges 20% of the sale price for items over $300 and 30% for those less than $300. Her store is currently open by appointment only, due to her busy riding schedule. You can reach Ashley at 503-969-9757 for an appointment time. She is developing a web site, which she plans to make operational this year.
As Ashley says, “your junk can be another’s treasure” with just the right polish and repair. Let Ashley turn your rough stash to shiny cash and give you something for your diamond account!