Roxanne Weaver Valdivieso has long loved breathing new life into discarded items to create things of beauty to give to friends and family and, occasionally, to sell to the public-at-large.

Now she’s turned that part-time passion into a business, Trinkets & Treasure Boxes.

The specialty shop is one of many independent vendors located inside Mystic Antiques/Encore Décor in the Central Square Shopping Center in Nags Head. But don’t let the name fool you: All Valdivieso’s original work — and it is all original — are, indeed, treasures, but they’re not all treasure boxes. The artisan also creates unique small furniture and household items.

“I love finding old jewelry boxes to repurpose and add inspirational messages on,” says Valdivieso, who makes everything in the shop. “I also have beach-themed wooden cut-outs and some acrylic canvas paintings. I also make dream catchers.”

Valdivieso also is hard at making one of her own dreams come true: To raise $10,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer nonprofit funding some of the most promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer. Valdivieso's late-daughter, Averi,  succumbed to Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in 2009. She was 16.

To honor the 10th anniversary of Averi's passing — and her life — Valdivieso and her daughter, Hannah — Averi's sister — are taking pledges up to (and beyond) March 2, when the two will shave their heads at the Hampton Roads Shave to Raise! event. The event takes place at The Westin Virginia Beach, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach.

As of Feb 11, the duo has raised $12,377 of their $16,000 goal.

Donations can be made online at


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