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THE iconic Colour Me Crazy gift shop in Proser­pine last week reached a huge mile­stone.

Twenty years ago the lit­tle bit crazy and vi­brantly colour­ful Robin Shel­bourne lent two el­e­ments of her per­son­al­ity to the Proser­pine gift shop.

That’s how Colour Me Crazy got its name and it has been pro­vid­ing some­thing for every­one ever since.

Since its in­cep­tion the shop has be­come big­ger and bet­ter, but there are a few core prin­ci­ples that Colour Me Crazy will al­ways hold dear – of­fer­ing some­thing unique, which al­ways comes wrapped with care and with a smile.

“We try to have some­thing for every­body,” the shop’s owner said.

“You can spend $5 and get some­thing beau­ti­fully wrapped or you can spend $3000.”

Tak­ing a trip down mem­ory lane last Fri­day, Ms Shel­bourne re­mem­bered found­ing the Horny House­wife Condi­ment Com­pany.

She op­er­ated from the lo­cal mar­kets sell­ing lo­tions, po­tions and aro­mather­apy prod­ucts.

Then a friend told her about a lit­tle shop that had come up for rent in Dob­bins Lane – Ms Shel­bourne de­cided to take the plunge and go into busi­ness.

“I bor­rowed $7000 and it paid for all the sig­nage and the shelves,” she said.

Ms Shel­bourne said there was no se­cret to the shop’s suc­cess. She had kept it sim­ple through­out the evo­lu­tion of Colour Me Crazy right down to still us­ing many of the shop’s orig­i­nal fit­tings and colour schemes – cer­tainly main­tain­ing its quirky, un­usual flavour over the years.

Her right hand “man” and only full-time em­ployee, Stacey Ber­nett, takes care of any­thing that needs to be done on the com­puter – as Ms Shel­bourne is quite happy do­ing things the old way.Over the years many beau­ti­ful things have left the Colour Me Crazy shop to brighten the homes of peo­ple around the coun­try. It’s this thought that helps Ms Shel­bourne keep the doors open and con­tin­ues to make her feel good.

AMAZ­ING SHOP: Founder of Colour Me Crazy Robin Shel­bourne with Stacey Ber­nett out­side the shop in Dob­bins Lane.

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