Appletree Cottage Antiques & Home

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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


January thoughts….


Welcome to Appletree Cottage!

January is usually that quiet month where post holiday customer traffic drops off.

When I opened this shop, I wanted it to be unique and not the norm so I have been working hard to restock the shop so it is a fresh experience for all of you looking to get out of the house on these gray January days in New England.

table setting

Red and White English transfer ware

I have attended some auctions and estate sales; and have been digging through barns and basements for those interesting items for the shop. So far I have made 3 repurposed lamps that are featured on my Facebook page.

I also have this great vintage cabbage slicer that makes a great wall hanging as well as a nice pantry/linen cabinet that is the perfect size for the kitchen corner or bathroom.

Rustic pantry/linen cabinet

Rustic pantry/linen cabinet

Antique cabbage slicer

Antique cabbage slicer

So  come on in out of the cold and spend some time browsing. I’ll even make you a cup of coffee! 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

Back to School Time/Fall Hours

It is with mixed feelings that I look forward to fall. It is my favorite season of the year. I enjoy the cool nights and the foliage, but I don’t enjoy the shorter days and the looming winter. I also miss my kids at this time of year as they all head back to school.

Before the kids headed back to school we enjoyed a nice week-long family vacation in mid Coast Maine. While on vacation I attended some flea markets, an auction and rummaged through many antique shops. I also met some talented Maine artists and craftsmen and have started carrying some interesting new items. Needless to say the shop is full of some great “new”  and unique items.

I found some great architectural pieces to continue to make the most funky, one of a kind lamps.This past week I made all types of lamps (clam bucket, wood buoy, phonograph, funnel) and have plans to make a half-dozen more in the coming weeks.

I have a beautiful hoosier and some unique tables and side boards in the shop that won’t last long. They are in great shape and were a great vacation find!

Starting the week of September 17 I will be changing to my normal fall hours of 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday to Saturday and 11AM to 4 PM on Sundays. Still closed on Mondays. I can always open by appointment. This has been very convenient for my out of state customers.This year I will again have extended shopping hours and special events in November and December.

I am approaching my second anniversary for Appletree Cottage and have started the planning process for our 2nd Anniversary Customer Appreciation Days for October 5 and 6. I will be posting details here on my blog and on Facebook shortly.

Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards, Anne

Summer Fun

We are in the dog days of summer. Hard to believe the kids will be going back to school at the end of this month. I hope everyone is having a great summer!

This was my first summer in my new location and it has been a busy summer. The customer support has been fantastic. I really do appreciate the regulars that come in each week and the tourists that have found my new location. The rainy days and too hot days, have been bad for the beach, but good for shopping.

I have been enjoying my summer searching for those unique one of a kind items that I love to carry. I have been to estate sales, auctions, yard sales and have traveled throughout New Hampshire and southern Maine on a buying spree to load up Appletree Cottage for the back to school/ fall shopping days. 

The shop is the fullest it has been. Currently I have a great selection of tables, all sizes, wood types and colors. The tables range from end tables and coffee tables that would be great for an apartment, to all types of dining room and family room tables for the home.

In addition to the great table selection,  I continue to make all types of unique lamps and they have been the most popular item this summer.

For the next couple of weeks I am looking forward to family time while the kids are still home and looking forward to a nice vacation on the coast of Maine.

So while we don’t want the summer to end, I am already in the planning stages for our 2nd annual Customer Appreciation Days on Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6 to celebrate Appletree’s Second Anniversary!

Please stop in and say hi!

Warm regards, Anne

Railroad Cart and Factory Cart Coffee Tables

I picked up this railroad luggage cart at a local flea market last week. These carts are hard  to find as they were put through alot of use. This one is rustic and has a great patina. It is more narrow than a factory cart which i like for use as a coffee table but…thats me! This cart dates from the late 1800’s.

Next, I found a traditional factory cart – where I can’t say ;)! Its a great size and not as wide as some. It has been refinished and looks great! These carts date from the early 1900’s and were used for carting pieces of machinery from one place to another. They are heavy with iron wheels and are made of either pine or oak.

I have some other unique finds in the shop that I have posted on Facebook.

I appreciate everyone’s support the past two months in my new location!

Warm regards, Anne

1904 Ship Lantern

This is a great nautical piece I got at auction. It was made in 1904, in Birmingham, England  by Griffith & Browett Ltd. I did a lot of on line research and found they were in business between 1867 and 1907. They were noted makers of copper hollow ware including marine ship lanterns. The piece is in great shape and appears to have all original pieces including the fabulous lens. All the original stamps are intact on the lantern. Some very interesting warnings are on the lamp. This could a fabulous centerpiece/conversation piece for your porch or deck.

I am always looking for these type of unique items for Appletree Cottage.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm Regards, Anne

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