Sassafras Creek Originals

hand-crafted and heirloom quality products

Sassafras Creek Originals

hand-crafted and heirloom quality products

Browse Our Collection

At least 75% of the merchandise in Sassafras Creek Originals is made in America, many items are made by Kandye.  The items available are in the Colonial/primitive and Classic Early American styles, but there is something for everyone, even if your home or personal taste does not fall into that category.  The store specializes in home décor and gifts.

Browse Our Collection

At least 75% of the merchandise in Sassafras Creek Originals is made in America, many items are made by Kandye.  The items available are in the Colonial/primitive and Classic Early American styles, but there is something for everyone, even if your home or personal taste does not fall into that category.  The store specializes in home décor and gifts.

A Hearty Welcome

Sassafras Creek Originals was started by the painting of game boards.

One day while in an antique store, Kandye Mahurin spotted an old hand-painted game board, but she considered it to be well out of her price range. However, she was inspired to paint and age one to look like the antique. It turned out so well, selling them at various shows in the local area was her next decision. Early on, a few were sold to well-known Early American stores in nearby St. Louis and St. Charles, MO.

Then came the notion to try hand-sewn band boxes. Kandye has always been fascinated by the containers and boxes people used during the Colonial period, especially the colorful band boxes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These were usually hand sewn, covered on the outside with wallpaper scraps and lined with newspaper.

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A book at her home about antique containers helped her get her started with making her own versions of those boxes with reproduction copies of antique papers, also which are hand sewn.

Another featured item is called chalkware. Plaster of Paris is poured into old, German chocolate candy molds. They are then unmolded, hand painted and aged. Usually, the items are accessorized with mica glitter, and each Santa with tiny Christmas trees.

In German, the Santa figurines are referred to as a Belsnickel. They are usually stern faced and wearing fur robes. The word Belsnickel means Nicholas in furs.

A Hearty Welcome

Sassafras Creek Originals was started by the painting of game boards.

One day while in an antique store, Kandye Mahurin spotted an old hand-painted game board, but she considered it to be well out of her price range. However, she was inspired to paint and age one to look like the antique. It turned out so well, selling them at various shows in the local area was her next decision. Early on, a few were sold to well-known Early American stores in nearby St. Louis and St. Charles, MO.

Then came the notion to try hand-sewn band boxes. Kandye has always been fascinated by the containers and boxes people used during the Colonial period, especially the colorful band boxes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These were usually hand sewn, covered on the outside with wallpaper scraps and lined with newspaper.

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A book at her home about antique containers helped her get her started with making her own versions of those boxes with reproduction copies of antique papers, also which are hand sewn.

Another featured item is called chalkware. Plaster of Paris is poured into old, German chocolate candy molds. They are then unmolded, hand painted and aged. Usually, the items are accessorized with mica glitter, and each Santa with tiny Christmas trees.

In German, the Santa figurines are referred to as a Belsnickel. They are usually stern faced and wearing fur robes. The word Belsnickel means Nicholas in furs.

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Kandye

Owner

My name is Kandye Mahurin and I am a self-taught artist painting in the Early American time period. I have been a resident of Missouri all my life and my passion is art and history.  I have been chosen by Early American Life Magazine’s Directory of top 200 traditional American craftsmen for the past 7 years.  I am a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of 4 (plus another one on the way) grandchildren.

When you aren't sure what to get, get a gift card!

Some of our favorites

Teas

Blackberry CB Tea

Blackberry Tea

$16.25

Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey

$16.25

Ginger CR Tea

Ginger Colonial Remedy

$16.25

Lapsang Souchong Tea

Lapsing Souchong

$16.25

Cookie Molds

heart-mold-cookie

Amo Te Heart Cookie Mold

$41.50

Grapes Mold M5212

Grapes Mold M5212

$44.75

Fleur de Lis Mold M5061

Fleur de Lis Mold M5061

$44.75

christmas donkey mold

Christmas Donkey Mold M5215

$44.75

Puzzles

Ice and Snow Puzzle

Ice and Snow Puzzle

$25.95

Bedlam Corners Puzzle

Bedlam Corners Puzzle

$25.95

Sugar Sugar Puzzle

Sugar Sugar Puzzle

$25.95

Frost Moon Puzzle

Frost Moon Puzzle

$25.95

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United States only.

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Visit Our Unique Store

Sassafras Creek Originals is a unique shop in Colonial Ste. Geneviève, MO which offers early American home decor and gifts. Step back in time to the early days of a French Colonial town as you browse our shop. We have many items that are handcrafted in America in the primitive and colonial style. Something unique for everyone!

A word from our customers

Traci P
Traci P
Customer

What a beautiful store full of handmade items. What made it so special was the ow er. She was so incredibly friendly and welcoming. She sat on the porch and told us the amazing history of the house that her store is in. This made our experience so special and we will for sure be back, and hope to be able to book the cabin next door for a weekend away. Thank you so much.

Stephen U
Stephen U
Customer

Mrs. Candy was very nice. It was a great pitstop and worth the trip!

Mike S
Mike S
Customer

Magnificent place. Very neat antiquey and historic things. Most amazing owners you have ever seen. I stayed at cabin next door for anniversary and was best bnb ever. Highly recommend store and cabin. Kandye is the best.

Craig C
Craig C
Wonderful little store for early Americana gifts and home decor. Did not disappoint.
 
 
Lindsay M
Lindsay M

This is a beautiful little gem, in the wonderful old city of Ste. Genevieve. Make sure to stop here and view this store if out there.
There is also a beautifully redone cabin, that is the perfect place to rent for a peaceful getaway 🙂

Juanita T
Juanita T
Local Guide
Great store! It brings a lot of merchandise from local artists together in one place! A wonderful place to shop in order to shop local and support the local economy. Everything is so cute and would make wonderful gifts.
 
 
Donnie B
Donnie B

Nice lady with some tasty drinks.

Tonnette A
Tonnette A
Local Guide

Looooved!

Traci P
Customer

What a beautiful store full of handmade items. What made it so special was the ow er. She was so incredibly friendly and welcoming. She sat on the porch and told us the amazing history of the house that her store is in. This made our experience so special and we will for sure be back, and hope to be able to book the cabin next door for a weekend away. Thank you so much.

Stephen U
Customer

Mrs. Candy was very nice. It was a great pitstop and worth the trip!

Mike S
Customer

Magnificent place. Very neat antiquey and historic things. Most amazing owners you have ever seen. I stayed at cabin next door for anniversary and was best bnb ever. Highly recommend store and cabin. Kandye is the best.

Craig C
Wonderful little store for early Americana gifts and home decor. Did not disappoint.
 
 
Lindsay M

This is a beautiful little gem, in the wonderful old city of Ste. Genevieve. Make sure to stop here and view this store if out there.
There is also a beautifully redone cabin, that is the perfect place to rent for a peaceful getaway 🙂

Juanita T
Local Guide
Great store! It brings a lot of merchandise from local artists together in one place! A wonderful place to shop in order to shop local and support the local economy. Everything is so cute and would make wonderful gifts.
 
 
Donnie B

Nice lady with some tasty drinks.

Tonnette A
Local Guide

Looooved!

Hand craftsmanship and the heirloom quality of each piece is the primary reason customers fall in love with Sassafras Creek Originals. Every item is unique, made to last and worthy of being handed down to the next generation. Each are an example of items from times past in the early days of America.

Select items may be customized by color and/or size according to the individual’s preference.

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Let's work together

If you have any questions or are looking for something in particular, please contact us. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Sassafras Creek Originals
311 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Email: sassafrascreek@aol.com
Phone: 573-513-2491

Business Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thu: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fri: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed

Let's work together

If you have any questions or are looking for something in particular, please contact us. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Sassafras Creek Originals
311 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Email: sassafrascreek@aol.com
Phone: 573-513-2491

Business Hours

Mon:  Closed
Tue:  Closed
Wed:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thu:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fri:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sat:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sun:  Closed
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