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Having the “weekend off”

Appletree Cottage really is a labor of love for me. I love every part of my “job”, from going on buying trips; bringing an old neglected piece back to its glory with a little elbow grease and paint; repurposing a unique find; or creating something new from some random pieces and forms. I love going to auctions, flea markets and yard sales on that constant journey to find that special piece at a great price for the shop. I also look forward to and enjoy my time chatting with the shop regulars and meeting new people for the first time. There is not one part of my “job” I dislike. Well that is not entirely true… I don’t like paying bills; dealing with the finances; having to dust and vacuum. Ok, you know what I mean…I do love what I do!


Debi worked for me Saturday so I was lucky to have the weekend “off”. I woke up early Saturday to work on some furniture, go through my spring inventory, and plan for a road trip for a pickin’ Saturday. Eight hours later w/ a truck full of finds I had no choice but to head home. I really need to get a larger vehicle because I left too many good things behind.


Sunday I was up at sunrise for my first Todd Farm trip of the year. As much as I love Todd Farm, I am not a morning person. But it is amazing how caffeine and the thrill of the hunt can wake you up. It was a great start to the season, I found some nice items for the shop’s garden section. I also found some tired pieces that I look forward to working on. Those are in storage for the time being, in queue, for my Monday and Tuesday “days off”.


My day was not done though, I needed to refresh the shop with the spring and garden items. My helpful husband “volunteered” to help me bring in a couple more truckloads of items. Of course, I can’t just bring things in, might as well rearrange while I am at it. Did I mention I didn’t know (or cared) that The Masters final round was today?

So after a couple of hours of rearranging I decided to leave the rest until tomorrow…my Monday day off…


I will be posting pictures of the shop’s new look and new inventory this coming week on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards, Anne


Happy New Year…reflection and the future

Happy New Year! May 2013 be all you hope for!

antique door knob holders

As the new year starts, it is the time I reflect on the past year and plan for the new year. 2012 was the year of the new shop location. A year ago at this time I was contemplating moving, little did I know at the time, an opportunity to relocate would be coming my way. I relocated the shop in March and I have been very pleased with the move. I more than tripled the space, which allowed me to carry a nice variety of antiques of all sizes, pieces I made, and a nice assortment of items made by some very talented local artists. The holiday season was a great success. I was overwhelmed by the support of shop regulars and the many new friends I met.

home made stuff 12-31-12

In 2013 I will be further expanding the shop’s wide selection of eclectic and unique offerings. I have been talking with many talented local artists about carrying some of their items. I will be busy the next couple of months making all types of lights that were such a popular item last year. I am also going to expand my collection of nautical items, which was popular with both the shop regulars and tourists visiting the seacoast.

new window display 12-26-12

I have a number of local and out-of-state trips planned, searching for those unique items for the shop. I do love shopping! I will post my finds on this blog and Facebook.

If you have not already done so, please like Appletree Cottage on Facebook. Thank you!

Thank you for your continued support in 2012. Please stop in to get out of the cold and say hi. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards, Anne

The Holiday Season has arrived at Appletree Cottage

I know it has been  a while since my last post, I have been busy decorating the shop for the holidays. My 2nd anniversary Open House last month seems so long ago. I do want to thank all of you that visited the shop over the 3 days. It was a fun weekend and I truly do appreciate your support. Thank you!

Holiday transformation!

With the help of my husband we have transformed the shop into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. I love this time of year! With the twinkling lights, crackling candles and lots of holiday gift options Appletree Cottage is your local shop for all your holiday gifts.

Just today the antique double student desk was purchased as a Christmas gift. The decorated vintage sleds are also selling fast, I only have 3 left.  I have stocked up with a variety of items at all different price ranges. I have a wide assortment of candles, wine bottle toppers, and some great tree ornaments.

Antique Christmas Ornaments

Funky wine bottle toppers

Of course my selection of antiques keeps changing. I have stocked up with a range of items from large furniture pieces to stocking stuffers. Just yesterday I purchased some great thumb back chairs. I also have some unique items such as early 1900’s portable shoe shine station, antique sleigh bells, and antique wooden ice skates.

Mercury glass candle sticks

Antique bobbin Christmas ornaments

It is never too early to shop for those holiday gifts. I will be posting my extended holiday hours and upcoming special shopping events here and on Facebook. I hope to see you soon.

Warm regards, Anne

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