Those Slow Summer Days………..

Posted by admin on July 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

We’ve hit the mid-summer vacation period already.  Labor Day will be here soon enough.  Slow days at the shop, but we’ve found summertime to traditionally be an off-period for sales.  Gives me time to get a few more unique items ready to come over for autumn.  We’ve taken advantage to get down to Cape May and redo our condo near the US Coast Guard Base on the northeast side of the town.

We removed all the old rugs.  The place was stuck in the mid-1980s when we purchased with a worn blue shag carpet throughout.  I installed new plank floors in the living room, dining room and main hall.  The old “This End Up” furniture has been donated to a local church for a family in need.  Gloria brought in some furniture we had in storage, such as the old harvest table, some eclectic pressback chairs, an old 5′ bench (I have no idea what the dog is concentrating on, maybe a knothole?), and some old windows in which we installed mirrors to catch the light.

The dining room light is an antique shade frame that Gloria wrapped in a jute cording. I wired it for light and placed the retro light bulb, hung it with some burnished brass chain and ceiling plate.  Makes a nice unique light fixture for a small shorehouse.

The old coffee table is an antique farm item and the sidetables were found in an antique mall in Cape May.  We kept the sleeper sofa and matiching settee as they were in great condition and Gloria figured she’d make the blue work with the rest of the place.  We’ve stopped for now as our purchase agreement had several vacation rentals included and a few of them are traveling to Cape May from as far as Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Montreal in Quebec.  After the season, we’ll complete the bedrooms (we’ve already changed out all the furniture in those rooms and refreshed the wall paint).  The kitchen will get a renewal with a new stove, microwave and Shaker style cabinet doors, an extended countertop for extra eating or game-playing space.

Afterwards, we need to consider whether we’ll rent for July and August during the summer months in the coming years.  Nice quiet location, though, on the edge of one the Cape’s wildlife management areas, a block from the beach at the harbor and a 5 block walk to the beach on the ocean.

OK, on to Cottage Home………….  I’ll be posting photos of items that have been with us since about mid-June, as well as a few new items, too.

The garden potting table is still here.  Well-priced  at $190, it is more than 6′ high, about 4′ long and more than 2′ deep.  The working surface is at a comfortable 36″.

Built in 1925 by a Gettysburg, PA based company, this old china cabinet is finished in ASCP Olde White with a contrasting interior.  Priced at only $275, these have a myriad of uses from the traditional to the bath to the bedroom.  Gloria is considering using this piece as a bedroom storage cabinet and entertainment center for the small HDTV down the shore.

Some of the many occasional and multi-use tables in the store.  Most are antique or vintage, but some reproduction pieces are around.  Sizes vary from lamp or plant table size to larger pieces like the metal filigreed table and the antique oval Empire library table.  Prices start as low as $28 and go upwards to $225 for the 42″ x 22″ oval Empire table.

The metal cart is a reproduction French shopping basket cart, metal wheels and all.  The old bench is about 5′ long and 10″ wide.  Great for the utility room to have the kids change into outdoors clothes or out of muddy/snowy wear.

Everything pictured has reached the antique stage of 100+ years of age.  This is a very nice 42″ round pedestal table in fine condition.  The old pressback chairs are, also, in great condition and are included in the price of $375.

The theater chairs are finished in ASCP Louis Blue and measure 56″ across the three attached backs.  The entire set folds flat if not in use or on display. the old open face floor cabinet is an early American piece dating well back into the 1800s and features its original white marble top.  The chairs are priced at $195.  Ali posted the old floor cabinet on Cottage Home Facebook with its dimensions and price.

Some of the vintage inspired reproductions around the shop.  The wall-mount clock is priced at $68 and measures 21″ x 12″ and stands on its support 8″ out from the wall.  Neat.

A nice canvas ottoman, a Paris wall-mount sign in metal and a grand large 31″ French wall clock mounted on an antique barn door.  The door is quite old and has a crescent shaped window behind the clock, the original metal strap hinges and latchwear.

I’m beginning to think these poor guys have taken permanent residency up at Cottage Home.  However, it is summer and the sales of larger pieces do slow until Labor Day.  All have been reduced in price for now.  The chest of drawers is a Depression-era piece, as is the sit down vanity in the center photo.  The French kneehole desk is a very nice piece built in mid-Century 1950s and the rosebud chair is a vintage piece with a new linen seat dating to the 1930s.  These pieces range in price from $275 to $345.

The vintage inspired apothecary chest is a great item.  Twenty (20) drawers with brass pulls, bun feet and a plank top.  It measures 46″ L x 16″ D x 32″ H and is priced at $475.

The suspended lampshade is finished in a light burlap with a dressed fabric cord.  The unframed vintage oil on board is signed, but I couldn’t come up with information on the artist.

Two vintage stained glass windows.  Excellent condition and both in Mission or Craftsman style.  Lots of skilled work by the builder of these.

To end this evening, a run through Ali’s in-shop vintage jewelry.  She’s brought a lot of newly acquired pieces in over the last few weeks, all in excellent condition, cleaned and on display.

Well, just after 9pm.  Nice and cool sitting under the ceiling fan and time for a movie to fall asleep to.  Take care, enjoy the weekend.





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