A worldof treasures for the discerning homeowner

Published on Thu, Mar 23, 2006 by TaraNelson

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A world of treasures for the discerning homeowner

By Tara Nelson

?Worldly Treasures is back in business – this time with new owners.
The business, which specializes in exotic furniture and imported items, re-opened earlier this March after a two-month-long closure.
The new owner, Cynthia De Jong Colinares, a real estate agent of Blaine and resident of Birch Bay, said she bought the store with her husband Rex when she heard it would be closing.

“Half my house is from Worldly Treasures,” she said. “I fell in love with the store the first time I came in here. So when they were closed, I was really upset. But then I heard there was an option to buy. We just didn’t want to see another business go down in Blaine.”

Colinares said customers can expect many of the same teak and mahogany furniture pieces as before but with more art, home décor and smaller home accessories such as bamboo cutting boards, stainless steel cookware, cast iron yard barbeques and other imported items from around the world. To keep things consistent, Colinares also re-hired all of the former business’s employees.

Some of the more unusual items currently in stock are the sealed acrylic wall displays of preserved butterflies ($25 and up), an enormous 11 by 5-foot mahogany wood bird cage with wrought iron bars ($9,995), an authentic 90-year-old Chinese fir wedding basket from Wezong, China ($95) and the variety of woven bamboo furniture from Indonesia.

Colinares said she has a special fondness of Asian-styles and design, partly because of her husband’s Filipino heritage and also from growing up in Vancouver, B.C. so it should come as no suprise that most of her imports come from Indonesia, Vietnam, India or China. Colinares said she has also noticed a trend among residents here and in other areas along the west coast – something that has manifested itself as décor and artwork in people’s homes.

“I think a lot of people really love that ancient heritage,” she said. “You can see it in people’s homes.”

In the near future, however, Colinares said she intends to import more Mediterranean and Greek décor including beaded pillows, vibrantly colored textiles and Indian silk fabrics.

Colinares said she has included more moderately priced items in an effort to attract a more diverse clientele. Many of the bamboo cutting boards, recipe boxes and other accessories, for example, were under $30.

“We want to have things priced at a point where everyone can find something,” she said. “We’re really trying to appeal to people of all walks of life.”

Colinares moved to Point Roberts in 1999, and then to Birch Bay in 2003, because of the area’s natural beauty, friendly community and proximity to large urban centers.

“We love the natural elements, the people and the energy that this community has,” she said

Worldly Treasures is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached by calling 332-9318.