Summer Season Officially Ends on a Rainy, Rainy Day

Posted by admin on September 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Just came back from the shoppe (we’re closed today for Labor Day) to post the closed sign and be sure the rain gutters are clear.  Everything that could hold water outside was filled to the brim.  Looks like the remnants of Isaac still has some punch as a few inches has to have fallen since early this morning.  Cottage Home will open again on Thursday, September 6th at 10am.

Gloria was on a vintage furniture hunt around Adamstown and Lancaster yesterday and brought her van home filled with a couple of large pieces including an old cottage dresser and mirror and a very old jelly cupboard.  Both need some TLC so I’ll start on them later in the week.

 This old open bookshelf was found on the same run and is in the shoppe.  We’ll have it priced for opening on Thursday.  It looks like late 19th Century and the red paint is original.  The second photo shows it to be an old peg built piece.  It stands about 4′ high and 2′ wide.

The vintage  headboard is a full size and finished in ASCP Olde White, as is the old bench sitting in front of it.

An antique mid-19th Century drop-leaf occasional table.  It stands about 21″H and is over 2′ wide with the sides up.  This was built by hand from solid pine and has beautifully turned legs.  Priced at $130.

An old Napanet kitchen table from the early 1930s.  The paint is a chippy red over and original green and the maker’s tag is just under the drawer.  Nice porcelain top, measuring 40″ x 25″.  The table stands 30.5″ high and is priced at only $90.  Great rainy day project table for the kids or the hobbyist.

Large vintage 6 light bronze wall sconce likely pre-WW2.  I’ve rewired this for safety and use and it is in excellent shape.  Quite large, almost 4′ across, it does make a statement.  I believe it is priced at $120 or thereabouts.

This antique spindle back cane seat rocker is just as Gloria found it.  Most likely a mother’s rocker intended for a child’s room, it is in wonderful original condition.   We don’t often place these in Cottage Home as they tend to be slow sellers for some reason.  However, this is a beautiful old antique and priced at only $34.  Deserves a good home.

Incidentals.  The metal cart is a reproduction of a vintage French shopping cart with some canvas goods.  Gloria dressed up the old mannequin late yesterday.

Gloria and Ali will be changing the shoppe over to an autumn theme shortly and the summer stuff is on sale.  If you make it in this week, lots of bargains on smaller items, but we’ll be packing them away at week’s end.

A new bunch of Shannon Martin all-occasion cards is in the store.  Shannon Martin was given a load of old photographs from her family and friends and used them to create her line of cards.  She must have gotten a photo of Gloria’s family just after they arrived from Latvia (furthest to the right).  I know I’ve seen those people before.

Gloria chased me out to attend a special event at the Cape May Aviation Museum last week.  Its located at the Cape May Airport, formerly the old US Navy Air Station Wildwood.  Quite a place to spend a couple of hours looking at some unique old aircraft.  This plane is a US Army Air Force P-51C from World War 2 and reputed to be the best pursuit fighter built during the war by any nation.  It holds quite a record including being one of the only propeller driven planes to dogfight and shoot down both German jets in WW2 and a couple of North Korean jets in the Korean War.

This is a real rarity.  A 1929 to 1931 Aeronca C2.  This was the first ultralight aircraft.  One seat for the pilot, a stick control for the rudder and foot pedals for the stabilizers.  Two cylinders kept you in the air and it only had 4 instrument gauges.  Made of light plexiglas over the cockpit and nothing but colored canvas stretched over a few metal tubes.  Less than 2oo of these were made and only very few exist.

I was surprised to see so many of these in one spot.  These are more from my era.  This is a DeHavilland DH-4 Caribou.  Built in Canada, they were used mainly by the US Army, US Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force as light troop and cargo transports during the Vietnam conflict.  Tough, tough small cargo plane that is still being used in rough terrain areas, like Alaska and Siberia, as short distance commercial planes today.  There must be 25 of these in various civilian and military livery just sitting in the weather slowly deteriorating.  Parts planes, I suppose.

Another Vietnam era veteran.  This is a true Jeep.  Not much resemblance to the pricey, neat Wrangler running around today.  We called these “Mutts” and they banged along on a little American Motors or GMC 4 cylinder engine.  We use to use aviation gas to get them able to run faster than 60 miles per hour.  They could go almost anywhere and there was a neat little trick every Mutt driver knew to get his vehicle unmired from mud or snow without any towing.  All you needed was a bumper winch, a length of cable and one front wheel.  Worked every time.

Well, that’s it for today.  Keep the hamburgers dry!



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