New store on Main St.

Shop spe­cial­izes in re­stored vin­tage fur­ni­ture

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

It was about two years ago that ac­coun­tant Nancy Ea­tough dis­cov­ered a more cre­ative pas­sion while out shop­ping with a friend.

“We started go­ing to flea mar­kets and see­ing the fur­ni­ture, and some­thing clicked,” Ea­tough said.

She quickly be­came fas­ci­nated with restor­ing and re­paint­ing vin­tage fur­ni­ture and, af­ter run­ning out of space in her own house, be­gan sell­ing it at craft fair booths.

This month, Ea­tough took a leap of faith and opened her own store in Pomeroy Sta­tion on Main Street. Called White Horse Home Fur­nish­ings, the store sells a va­ri­ety of tables, chairs, benches and other fur­ni­ture re­stored by Ea­tough.

To sup­ple­ment her own work, she also sells art­work, pot­tery, ar­ti­sanal soap, home­made greet­ing cards and other items on con­sign­ment from other lo­cal artists.

“It’s neat be­cause it gives them a venue to sell,” she said. “It kind of pulls every­one to­gether.”

In the back of the store is a stu­dio where Ea­tough plans to host paint­ing classes and other lessons. In ad­di­tion, the store is a re­seller for Coun­try Chic Paint, which is de­signed for use in fur­ni­ture restora­tion.

The first-time busi­ness owner opened the store April 1 and said she has al­ready sold quite a few pieces of fur­ni­ture. Right now, be­cause Ea­tough is still a full­time ac­coun­tant, the shop is only open Thurs­day through Sun­day, but she hopes to ex­pand those hours as busi­ness picks up.

“When you can buy a piece of fur­ni­ture and redo it, you get some­thing re­ally pretty,” said Ea­tough, who grew up in Cov­ered Bridge Farms and now lives near Elk­ton, Md. “To get it back to the stage where some­body can use it, that’s ex­cit­ing.”

She said her fa­vorite place to buy old fur­ni­ture is Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s Re­Store, which has lo­ca­tions in Prices Cor­ner and in Mid­dle­town.

“They have so many beau­ti­ful pieces,” she said. “You have to look past what it looks like now and see what it can be. That’s the fun of it.”

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Re­stored vin­tage fur­ni­ture and other items for sale at White Horse Home Fur­nish­ings, which opened ear­lier this month in Pomeroy Sta­tion.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Nancy Ea­tough sells re­stored vin­tage fur­ni­ture at her new store, White Horse Home Fur­nish­ings, which opened ear­lier this month in Pomeroy Sta­tion.

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