ARTIFACTS & ANTIQUES
BACK IN THE DAY
Poke around this Massachusetts barn and you’re sure to find something you can’t live without.
least on the same tract of land.
Since 1999, Sally Barker, the owner of Counting Sheep Antiques, has sold the sort of antiques she loves—first in a tiny outbuilding on her 19th-century farm and later in its more spacious barn. “The larger space has allowed me to invite other vendors to join me,” Sally says. “Being a multi-dealer shop has greatly expanded the types of goods I can offer.”
Browsing the displays of vintage furniture, kitchenware, garden goods and home decor, you might also
glimpse a group of artists intensely concentrating on their work. “Our ‘Re-hab to Fab’ workshops are always well attended,” Sally says. “Several years ago, I started using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to upcycle pieces that I didn’t think anyone would buy otherwise. Now, customers can learn how to do it themselves! This versatile paint is used to transform furniture with little to no prep work.”
Vintage Market Weekends are also new to Counting Sheep Antiques’ annual calendar of events. The 2014 Fall Vintage Market featured more than 20 dealers from all over New England and was a roaring success. Customers asked when there would be another. Sally, of course, has been happy to oblige. “We are planning a Spring and Fall Market this year,” she says. “I had no idea the markets would be so popular. Obviously, folks around here love to shop.”
OPPOSITE: From the moment you enter Counting Sheep Antiques’ circa-1860s barn, the atmosphere takes you back in time. Owner Sally Barker used Annie
Sloan’s “Emperor’s Silk” red Chalk Paint on the photo frame, metal bucket
and wood box. ABOVE: Tracy Wolf of Fresh Vintage Mercantile displays a nostalgic collection of pillows, lace and bric-a-brac. BELOW: Sally stages a variety of wearable items on an antique wood rack along with a western saddle
and wagon wheel. RIGHT: Gayle Macchi of Simply Fabulous Design stocks her shop with a mix of vintage
and romantic goods that are a reflection of her personal style. Here,
a green painted dresser is the focal point of one of her dreamy vignettes.
RIGHT: Jackie Locke travels near and far seeking out weathered, chippy and timeworn wares for her boutique, Jackie’s Primitives. BELOW: A toy horse waits
for a new best friend in Robins in the Trundle Bed’s booth. BOTTOM: A metal
powder-puff case from the 1950s and a natural abalone shell hold a treasure trove
of handmade jewelry in Sally’s shop.