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Shop Closing…and Relocating… Big Sale!

After 3+ years in my current location, I am closing the shop June 20. My landlord is actively selling the unit; I am not interested in purchasing it and had to give my notice.

While my plans are not totally finalized, this has prompted me to go ahead with some changes to the shop I have been thinking about…new location, new format, new partner and a new look. Everything is moving quickly and I hope to be open in the new location on September 1. 

So the great news for you is that I would like to sell the entire inventory so I don’t have to pack and move it. Starting tomorrow, everything is on Sale…30 to 50% off items over $20 (cash or check). Please spread the word of the Sale and share this post! I will be here until June 20!

Please continue to follow the shop on FaceBook for updates on  the new location and Grand Reopening! I will be posting  pictures of the new space, new inventory & new format.

Thank you for your continued support. Warm regards, Anne


10 Reasons I am Happy to see Spring!


As I spent time outside today, going through our garage and working on projects, I have been thinking of reasons why I am so happy spring has finally arrived.

1. Everyone is in a good mood.
2. Painting and sanding projects outside, no clean up!
3. Yard sales.
4. Daffodils, tulips and budding trees.
5. Walks on the beach searching for sea glass, driftwood & shells.
6. Dogs can go outside & release some energy.
7. Substitute “husband” for dogs in #6.
8. Longer days…I love sitting on the deck with a glass of wine and a book after work.
9. Planting our garden.
10. Rearranging the garage to see what I accumulated over the winter. I found some great finds in my own garage today!

Happy Spring! I will be posting some great spring & garden items this week.

Hope to see you soon.

Warm regards, Anne


The thrill of the find…


The February snow has seemed to be relentless. Today the weather finally cooperated which allowed Gregg & I to go out for one of our Sunday picking trips. Even though we have been taking these Sunday trips for years, we still try to search out new spots, isn’t that half the fun? Today we headed to mid-Coast, Maine for a day of shopping.

For the better part of the day, I just couldn’t seem to find that item that catches my eye and would make a nice addition to the shop. Unfortunately, some days that is the way it goes. But the thrill of the find always seems to keep me going, isn’t that the reason we all have gotten into this business?

Funny, it only takes one stop to make a successful shopping day. On our way home, we decided to check out a stop where we have had mixed results in the past. Turned out to be a good choice.

I managed to find some spring garden items that are going to go nicely with the spring items I have been stocking up on. I am going to repurpose the antique hanging metal basket and I will be making some funky tops for the metal stacking tables.

I love this business. I love shopping and the thrill of the hunt to find those great items for the shop.

Warm regards, Anne

Road Trip…the never ending search

I love our drives. My husband and I drove to Washington DC last week to visit our oldest son who is living and working in DC. We planned to mix in some shopping with our visit. You know I am on a constant search to find that unique, one of a kind item for the shop.

Heading to breakfast the first day we saw some estate sale signs in old town Alexandria. I admit it, I just can’t resist the hunt…so before we even had a cup of coffee, the shopping adrenaline kicked in and we followed the signs. It was a nice first stop and I found some antique bowls and other smalls.


Later that day, with son in tow, we headed out to some antique shops and architectural salvage yards. Given the history and architecture in Virginia I was fascinated and overwhelmed by the salvage yards. All I could see was a year of projects…so many pieces, so many ideas! Watch for future posts of some repurposing of materials that I bought. We also found a great 1920-1930 sled that will be in the shop shortly with the holiday transformation.


The next morning we headed to a flea market in DC (no son, he was shopped out…) that is in it’s 30th year. I had an opportunity to talk with some talented artisans about carrying their unique items in the shop. I am so excited about the possibilities. It is too late for this holiday season, but I can see a road trip early next year with a good size truck…


On our way home, we took a detour through Pennsylvania to visit some of my regular stops and to search out some new ones. I am never disappointed on my Pennsylvania trips. I always manage to find those unique handmade items. I ended up buying a dozen holiday signs made from old barn siding and filled our truck with all types of gift items and holiday decor. I can’t wait to display them, I know you will be pleased.


So another very successful drive. It was so nice to see my son, I miss him dearly, and I got to spend some quiet time (and shopping time) with my husband. I am very pleased with the holiday items I found for the shop. I am also excited about the new artisans I met and the new pickin’ places I found. I want to continue to make Appletree a unique shopping experience for you.

I have a full calendar of shopping events planned for the next 2 months. Watch for the announcements. Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to seeing you over the holiday season.

Warm regards, Anne

Spring & Summer Hours

Just a reminder that I have switched back to my normal spring and summer hours. Open Tuesday through Saturday, now closed on Sundays. Sunday is my picking day now that spring is on the way! I do love to shop!

Hope to see you soon, Anne


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