Monday, December 30, 2013

Finding New and Interesting Merchandise

Sometimes, in the winter it's not easy to fill the shop 
but I haven't had any trouble this season
I love these old pie tins with advertising in the bottom
brought to me by a good friend
I cleaned up the barn and found these long lost gas station number signs and the baby doll mold legs
On several house calls I was able to pick up 
these vintage Billiard Balls and fabulous fish wall brackets
along with tons of other great stuff

And sometimes the stuff comes to me!

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Finished Farm Table

The Finished Product 

A good cleaning, a light sanding and a few coats of poly....add some ball feet and I've got a beautiful, original chippy paint, shabby but very very chic masterpiece!

This table is large and very SOLID!
It measures 8' feet long x 2' 6" wide

By applying the several coats of poly I have been able to preserve the several layers of original old chippy paint and yet have a clean table top at the same time

Adding the ball feet put the table at the right height and the color match is near perfect if I do say so myself....

 Now onto Walters next project.....

I brought home this rusty fan blade and
asked Walter to figure out what to do with it. 
He made an interesting and whimsical display piece

Monday, December 9, 2013

Vintage Farm Table Rehab

I came across this wonderful farm table
but it needs a little work.
Found in an old dingy basement, the top is cracked,
the legs were shortened and it is filthy!
 Nothing a little loving care will not fix
Just look at the detail....what a gem

First we need to fix the crack...

There is a crack that runs for several feet down the table
and it makes the table surface uneven.

So Walter is going to brace it from underneath
to pull the surface into alignment.

Next the leg brace is coming out so
you can easily put your chair under the table

The other thing is that the table measures
8'  long x 30" wide
but it is about 3" we have to increase the height.
That's what these babies are for....
(Never throw out anything!!!!)
and if you look closely at the previous picture,
 you can see that the table
originally had some sort of ball feet on it.

Stay tuned.....
we will show you the finished table shortly

Monday, December 2, 2013

Signs Are Wonderful

Graphics and colors in signs are wonderful.
  Easy to incorporate into any d├ęcor. 
 Buy a sign because you LOVE IT!
These are some of the signs I've purchased in the last few months

They can be wood, metal or even cardboard

I'm lovin my display

Monday, November 25, 2013

And The Winners Are......

Thank you to all who came to our Holiday Barn Sale
We had a great time seeing old friends
and meeting new people
The Winning Raffle Numbers
are Posted Below

Congratulations to the Raffle Winners....

Sea Shell String Lights
Winning Ticket # 143293

Seed Pearl
Necklace & Bracelet
Winning Ticket # 143219

Ironstone Platter
Winning Ticket # 143242

Pottery Barn
King Duvet Cover
Winning Ticket # 143341

Pottery Barn
Twin Duvet Cover
Winning Ticket # 143246

Set of 3 Linen Dish Towels
2 Winners Picked
Winning Ticket  #'s  143356

You can pick up your Christmas winnings
any weekend during business hours  
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
see more photos@

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Country Christmas Holiday Sale

This year we have partnered with several other shops
in the area for our Annual Christmas sale

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
November 22, 23 and 24

For more photos of the participating shops go to

Small Holdings Farm
965 Main Road
Aquebogue, NY  11931

Sherron 631-722-3342
Open 10am - 4pm

Rusty to Elegant, Industrial to Country,
Painted Furniture and
Unusual Holiday Treasures
Discounts  -  Raffles  -  Refreshments


Jamesport Country Store
1299 Main Rd
Jamesport, NY  11947

Howie 631-722-8048
Open 10am - 5:30pm

An absolutely charming step back in time....
Unusual Vintage and Antique items
Selection of Local Goods
Up to 30% off Vintage and Retro

The Jamesport Red Barn
1576 Main Rd
Jamesport, NY  11947

Gloria 631-965-0806
Open 10am - 5:30pm

Picturesque 1800's Red Barn
Check out the Main Carriage Room,
The Tack Room,
and all the stalls that are
outfitted as individual marts,
Served by different dealers.  
Written up in last years
spring and fall printed and computer edition
of Newsday as a "feature destination"
on the North Fork...
"A Different Kind of Thrift Shop with an Attitude"


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak of what we have in store for our
 Holiday Barn Opening!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday  November 22, 23 & 24

We are looking forward to seeing you
Discounts - Raffles - Refreshments

Monday, November 4, 2013

Collections You Never Thought to Collect

Collections can add interest, humor and soul
to an otherwise unremarkable room
Make your own mix....
Adding a vintage camera to a more elegant display
can be a conversation starter
Resist the urge to display your collection
all in one spot in the room
So utilize your collections
Collect something that is different
from what everyone else is collecting
Have fun displaying your items and try to put
things together that don't necessarily go together.
Make it Your Own

Monday, October 28, 2013

Antique Cabinets

Cabinets - Antique to New  - Galvanized to Wood

Reclaimed Galvanized Cabinet that was gunky and filthy. After much cleaning, a light sanding and
six coats of water based poly....
we have a masterpiece!
This is a New Galvanized Cabinet with a Medical look. 
The finish is made to look old but it is actually
pretty, clean and  new
Here is an Antique Corner Cabinet that has been given a coat of paint and new handles....
Totally updating it for your modern farmhouse kitchen
This is a sweet, small and narrow cabinet
that would fit perfectly in any small space. 
It is new, and has been painted
and then distressed, to appear old. 
Perfect for the person that likes the look,
but wants it clean and new
The varieties are endless
By the way.....we decided to paint the small desk from last weeks is a photo of the finished product.

Monday, October 14, 2013

To Paint or Not to Paint

How do you know when to paint a piece of furniture?
It's not always easy to tell if a piece of furniture should be painted
or left in it's original chippy paint state
 Here is a small desk that looks to be in pretty bad shape. 
We are going to try cleaning it up and then assess if it is too bad and needs
to be painted or if it is just chippy enough to be "charming"
This particular piece has been in an attic for over 100 years...
we are really hoping to salvage the original sweet and delicate
 Here are two side tables that we decided looked better
cleanly painted in a soft grey so they match

 We had a little fun with this corner cabinet, painting the inside beadboard a bright aqua

 This vanity has the look and feel of original paint
but in fact we painted and then distressed it
Here, we decided that although this little end table is quite distressed
it was distressed in just the right amount....ha ha
Items that are very distressed  or shabby look great
next to very clean items with simple lines

Sooo..... largely, to paint or not to paint, depends on condition, style and personal choice