When Joanie Nee decided to sell some of her antiques 23 years ago in the corner of her 1839 barn, she had no idea how large her business would be today. She had always dreamed of having a shop with a mixture of old and new, which led to her shop’s name, 1839 House Antiques and Country Things.
In addition to her specialty, country antiques, she carries a wide range of newly made “country things,” including Americana, quilts, folk art, candles, lamps, and soaps.
A Maine craftsman builds reproduction antique furniture from old wood for her shop, including dining tables up to 8 feet, cupboards, dry sinks, and benches. These have become popular because antique furniture prices have gone out of sight and grown harder to find. Reproduction furniture can be custom-built to size.
Nee plans to open the shop in early May, weather-permitting, and will close Columbus Day.
She invites everyone to visit the shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The 1839 House is located at 366 Bristol Road, Damariscotta. For more information, call 563-2375 or go to 1839house.com. Look for the big red barn.