KINGSTON TWP. —The Farmhouse has provided new life to many old items and now, in a new location on Dug Road, has revitalized a formerly empty storefront.
Back Mountain couple Fred and Sandy Johnson never thought their love of handmade crafts and repurposing of old furniture would blossom into a thriving sideline business — but it did.
The Farmhouse started in 2013 in a small storefront off Memorial Highway in Dallas. The couple soon discovered patrons and local crafters held the same appreciation for one-of-a-kind items.
The business outgrew its original 300 square foot space in Dallas quickly so the Johnsons expanded the size of the store to 700 square feet. It didn’t take long for them to fill the space and they were faced with a lack of space dilemma a second time.
In October, the Johnsons moved their business to a nearly 2,200 square foot space at 5 Dug Road in Trucksville, near the Checkerboard Inn.
The business now has more space to accommodate hundreds of locally made items, including soft textiles such as aprons, wallets, specialty hair ribbons, as well as canned goods, furniture and a variety of country home decorations.
“We have 64 vendors,” Fred said. “They range in age from 14 to senior citizens from here (Wyoming Valley) to Tunkhannock.”
One room named Farmhouse Finds is inspired by the couple’s favorite television show, “American Pickets” on the History channel. The room is chock full of items, including old furniture, trunks, windows, doors, even an old church pew.
“It is a mash-up of stuff that can be used as is or repurposed,” Fred said. “You need to take the time and browse through it. There are some great deals in there.”
Merchandise is always changing, he said.
“We get about 150 regular customers in every weekend,” he said. “The store (merchandise) changes every weekend.”
If customers are looking for something and cannot find it, they can ask to be placed on a wish list.
“We keep a running wish list of items customers are looking for,” Fred said. “We share it with our vendors and try to find them.”
Items can be unusual like a customer looking for a nine-pane window for a project or a wooden boat oar to hang on a wall, he said.
The couple also offers a service where they will go to a client’s home to collect items. They also provide delivery of larger items for customers in the Wyoming Valley.
The Farmhouse is open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The limited operating hours provide the couple a balance to maintain full-time careers and children, Brady, 7 and Kaylin, 4.
During the week, Sandy works at Head Start and Fred works with an electrical company based in Hazleton.
“It (the limited hours) gives a good balance to our family,” Sandy said.