Rescue, Reuse & Repurpose | Refurbished Furniture, Vintage Items and Antiques in Hunterdon County, NJ

Summer Moon Mercantile is a retailer of uncommon goods found throughout Hunterdon County, New Jersey and the beautiful surrounding area.

Rescue, Reuse and Repurpose is our mission.

We buy and sell furniture, vintage items and antiques and are always looking for unique pieces.  If you are cleaning out an attic, putting stuff to the curb or want to consign unwanted items please contact us.

Give us the opportunity to see what you have and find out if it fits our mission of finding new homes for great stuff for our eclectic group of customers!




Secretary Desk Make Over by House of V

Styling with Summer Moon Mercantile

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With the holidays upon us, we are taking some time to reflect back on this past year and how much fun we had with this little hobby of ours called Summer Moon Mercantile.  Finding unique, one of a kind pieces is a real passion and when a piece that we rescued or repurposed finds its way into the hands of a new owner who tells us “this is just what I was looking for” or “this has to be mine”, it makes us so truly happy!

One of those people is our friend Bindu at House of V Decor, who has a real flare for making all things beautiful!

She has shopped several of our sales and was kind enough to feature many of our pieces prominently in her gorgeous home and on her blog!

The first item she picked up from us was the antique secretary desk (shown above).  It had actually been a family piece for a very long time, was missing a knob and really needed some TLC to bring it back to life.  It was on our own “project” list to get to, but Bindu found it tucked away in the barn and fell in love with it.  We were more than happy to let her take it home.  (more…)

Thrill of the Hunt

Epic Picking This Spring

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The hunt for great stuff is the part of our little hobby we love the best. We had some real fun this spring, picking a huge barn sale in Pennsylvania and a 100+ year old general store here in Hunterdon County.

Many times picks like these wind up not being about buying stuff, but more so to have an opportunity to see a huge collection of antique and vintage items you normally would never have the chance to see otherwise. It’s research and fascinating at the same time!

We woke up very early to get to the barn sale. There were three of us and we all spread out upon entry to cover this massive sale. It was a blast digging through the barn’s dusty treasures, a real mix of architectural salvage and antiques big and small. The impressive display of items that the owner had amassed and cataloged in his garage was something to behold.  It was literally filled top to bottom with antiques and collectibles the likes of which I’ve rarely seen. After about an hour of picking through, we all met up at our “pile” to discuss what treasures would come home with us.

The General Store auction had excitement built right in because you had to make sure you got there early enough to get a numbered entry. Luckily I was in the first group of people to get inside and see the entire collection in its untouched state. Floor to ceiling, on two levels of the old general store, were filled with years and years worth of rare, vintage and one of a kind collectibles. You could tell that most everyone in the first group allowed entry had an agenda of what they were looking for and zeroed right in on it. Some ran upstairs, other fanned left or right. Very quickly little tags appeared on items being “claimed” and the “holding area” for smaller claimed goodies quickly filled as well.  I went back around at least three or four times to take in everything that was there, ogling the stuff in people’s arms that I missed out on because I went in a different direction than them to start. I felt bad for the people waiting outside the door dying to get in who all bombarded me with questions on my way out about what awaited them. It was a super fun experience I won’t ever forget!

Celebrating One Year

Celebrating One Year!

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We celebrated our one year anniversary by holding an epic barn sale last weekend! After our pop-up shop closed in downtown Clinton in January, we had been very busy picking and waiting for the weather to warm up so that we could get back to painting too. All our hard work paid off when we were able to offer our customers a wide assortment of amazing pickings at our barn sale. It has been an amazing year and we have learned so much and met so many wonderful people. We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds!

Eddy and Sons Vintage Refrigerator

Vintage Eddy Refrigerator by Eddy & Sons Co.

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We were so lucky to recently acquire an antique No. 6 Eddy Refrigerator by D. Eddy & Sons Co. This antique refrigerator features a pine body encasing a zinc lined inner lift lid for the ice compartment.  There is a drain in the bottom of the compartment and slate shelves for storage.  It stands on four elongated bun legs with casters.  It is marked with a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval paper label, serial no 2052 and dated 1919.

The History Behind Eddy Refrigerators

In 1847 Darius Eddy of Dorchester, MA established “The Eddy Refrigerator” in King Square, Dorchester.  Eddy Refrigerators were marketed to be “dry, sweet and clean” and designed “to protect the health of the family” in the circulation of cold, fresh air through the refrigerator.  With almost daily replacement of the ice block by the local iceman, food was kept for longer periods of time.  The increase in productivity led to the building of warehouses for stock items and for the display of refrigerators to be sold to the public.  Eventually, Eddy’s sons were to assist him in the business.  Darius Eddy & Sons, marketed their refrigerators as “absolutely the best” on the market.

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We are happy to be able to offer this unique item to our customers.  It would make an amazing conversation piece in your home while also providing decorative storage.  Or you could always get some ice and use it the way it was intended to be used!

Wooden Keepsake Box

Rescued Wooden Keepsake Box with a Secret Inside

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Wooden Keepsake Box with Brass Lock

We recently acquired this wooden keepsake box with a lovely red stain and aged patina on its brass hardware.

We were surprised to find it had some vintage newspaper clippings inside.

Secret message inside keepsake box.

Who put them there?  Why did they put them there?  I guess we will never know for sure…



Apparently the first one is the Scottish equivalent to the song Auld Lang Syne.

The second is a poem written by James Metcalf that was published in several newspapers under a syndicated column feature in 1959.

We love that we never know what treasures we may find, but it’s fun to think about the life that these pieces have had before they found our way to us.



Sale Collage

Two Day Weekend Sale Event

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Hello & Happy New Year!

We wanted to let all our wonderful customers know that we will be having a two weekend sale event at the Clinton Frame Works in beautiful downtown Clinton, NJ this Saturday, January 21st and also on Saturday, January 28th from 11AM-4PM both days.

During these two sale events, we will be liquidating our in-stock merchandise at the shop before we take time off to work on new projects and build our inventory for our next big sale event!

If you haven’t been in to shop for a while you can see some of our current inventory.

Don’t miss out on these last few sale days with us!  We hope to see many of you!

Radio Flyer 90

Happy Holidays from Summer Moon Mercantile

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We wanted to take a few minutes to thank everyone for the overwhelming response to Summer Moon Mercantile we have had this year!  It’s been fun to work on lots of neat projects and meet so many wonderful people in the process who get to enjoy all our special finds.

This will be our last holiday shopping weekend before we take a much needed break to be with family, so we hope to see many of you stop by the Clinton Frameworks in downtown Clinton, NJ the following days/times:

Thursday, 12/15 ~ 6-9PM for Candlelight Night

Saturday 12/17 ~ 10AM – 5PM

Sunday 12/18 ~ 12PM – 3PM

Gallery Wall Display

New Items on the Gallery Wall

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We added lots of new items to the gallery wall at the Clinton Frameworks in beautiful downtown Clinton, New Jersey.  We will be open December 10th & December 17th from 11AM-5PM for all your holiday shopping needs.

Clinton Frame Works Window Display

Shop Small Saturday Sale Event

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at the Clinton Frame Works who will be hosting our “Shop Small Saturday Sale” this Saturday, November 26th from 11AM until 5PM in beautiful down town Clinton, New Jersey.  The shop will be filled with lots of new and unique items to help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping or to help you decorate your home for the season.

We hope you will join us!



Sale Collage

Rescue, Reuse and Repurpose Event

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We want to thank everyone who joined us this past weekend for our ‘Rescue, Reuse and Repurpose’ event hosted by the Clinton Frameworks and Burnt Mills Fine Art Gallery in beautiful downtown Clinton, New Jersey.

We were overwhelmed by the response and enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and knowing our special pieces were finding new homes to be “repurposed” in.

Stay tuned for details on our next sale event…in the meantime we’ll back at work in the shop!

Current Inventory

Small Stoneware Crocks Minnie Mouse Wooden Folk Art Doorstop Motorcycle Parts Sculpture Alabaster Stone Cat Sculpture Concrete Poodle Doorstop Lawn Ornament Falcon Toys Black Stallion Ride On Rocking Horse Farmhouse Desk and Message Center 'The Great Escape' Glider Plane Glass Panel Wood Desk with Shelves