We love finding antique and vintage items that look like they have a story to tell. When was it made? Where did it come from? Who owned it? There is just something special about items that suggest the experiences it has had during its existence.
But sometimes those experiences cause damage and deteriorate its condition.
Although many of our best sellers have been items that were re-purposed or refinished, some of the most unique items deserve to be restored and preserved.
We have had many sewing machines in our High Street shop and even in the worst condition, there is something eye catching about them. They are industrial, and practical, and suggest a time when sewing wasn’t just a hobby, it was a necessity in every household.
This machine showed every year of its age. It had normal signs of wear and tear on the wooden surfaces including grime, scratches, and dryness as well as a generous dusting of rust throughout the base and machine. It was rescued from a barn in Graysville, PA and given a second chance.
We are a family owned and operated business with every member of the family pitching in however they can. This was a project my dad claimed for himself. He went through the tedious and time consuming process of getting through the years of barn grime, flaking varnish, and faded stain.
It was amazing to discover the details and quality of the wood that had been hidden underneath. If we had left it in as is condition, nobody would have noticed this beauty!
Although this piece was cleaned up, it still has a special patina that you just can’t duplicate. After putting in two weeks of effort and hard work, my father was proud to announce that he had finished cleaning up the sewing machine and he moved it from our workshop to the sales floor.