Tips from the Trail — on collecting

If you want to start a collection, there are plenty of things out there which are still reasonably priced.  No matter what you are interested in, you can still build a nice collection.  Be selective and buy the best you can find.  It’s the hunt that matters.
Use your imagination.  Don’t be put off if something isn’t perfect.  If you want planters for your porch or garden, old enamelware or a washtub can provide a great look, and if well used, might already provide drainage!  If you want flowering vines in your garden, an old farm tool which isn’t museum quality or has just outlived its useful life might be the perfect prop.  Planning a big party?   No one will notice the chip in a vase when it’s filled with flowers.  And you won’t be that upset if someone accidentally breaks it.
Don’t be intimidated by the word “antique”.  Your price range doesn’t matter.  Whether it’s an original Duncan Phyfe piece of furniture or a Holt Howard condiment set it celebrates our history and culture and can tell us a little bit about where we come from.  An old nut chopper can introduce you to the history of industrial design.  An old tool to a skill almost lost.  In this disposable culture, finding and actually using old things can teach us values we’ve almost forgotten.
If you like it, buy it because if it’s as good as you think it is, it won’t be there the next time you come around.
But most of all, have fun and look for something that makes you happy.

 

Why we opened this place

It’s pretty simple, really.  We wanted a way to combine our appreciation for old things, our admiration for fine craft, our belief in a fair and equitable global marketplace  and our love for growing things.  An 1870’s building housing a shop carrying the things we love combined with a garden on a main drag was just the ticket.

 

 

Holiday Pop Up Market

Please Join Us for a Holiday Market!
Need the perfect gift? There’s a great chance you’ll find it at our Holiday Pop Up! Our regular vendors will be joined by local artists and crafts people offering beautiful hand crafted pieces. See offerings by Helena Pittman, Will O Wool Sheep Farm, Robyn Almquist, Light Curves, Light Touch, Heirloom Botanicals, Honeybee Herb Farm, Natural Valley Kitchen and The Plunk Shop. We’re also featuring a number of books by local authors, ceramics from Bryan Cronk, Sumari Arts and others, Fair Trade and US made gifts of all kinds. And, of course, our wide range of antiques and collectibles. Hope to see you!