Shopping With Jan

The first time I lucked into to hanging around with Jan Sewell in a social setting, away from real estate, was in Palm Springs many years ago while we were there together attending a party thrown annually by fellow agents Mark Anton and Jim Richardson.

On that Saturday morning, a few of us Seattle agents went to the swap meet at the College of the Desert. I had never been, but Jan said I would love it. I remember it as a hunting expedition of sorts, watching how Jan worked her way through the rows of tables and booths, her famous eye for quirky artistry evident in all the things that made her pause. She bought a necklace, some African beads, and a few objets, ostensibly for her staging business: a lamp, I think, some pillows.

It occurred to me right then and there that this shopping thing Jan had going, it was the reason she started a staging business. She could satisfy her style-making impulses and she had a place to put everything!

After that, whenever I got a chance to shop with Jan, I embraced it. She was such fun in a store, finding and buying beautifully unusual pieces, sweeping us up in the thrill of that. Shopkeepers everywhere loved her. Of course!

Jan Sewell’s life was a wonderland of these collected treasures and they could not have landed anyplace better than here under her stewardship where we all have had the pleasure of enjoying them.

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