Hidden treasures in the mountains
Next, I drove “around the corner” to Miss Elly’s Antiques and Such shop on Church Street in Hawley. The shop itself is an antique, i.e., a charming historic building. Owner Elaine Herzog told me that it was built around 1869 by George Schlager for his bakery and grocery store. Blue clapboards, gabled roof, full front porch, eyebrow windows, sidelights and transoms adorning the front door all make this cottage a special spot for those who love architectural history. Herzog, who is also president of the Wayne County Historical Society, showed me old photos of the house and street as it was in the 19th century, pointing out the other historic buildings on Church Street that still stand.
Inside, the delights for treasure hunters include china, pottery, beautiful full sets of silverware, furniture, primitives, old toys, vintage clothing and linens. One of my favorites was a primitive wooden baby cradle. Any little girl would love to tuck her doll to bed in that lovely little piece.
Nearby, back on Route 6, was Timely Treasures, run by Pat and Bob Ohlson. They are also in a historic building—the original, early 20th century hydroelectric power plant building on the Paupack River. They have six rooms filled with antique furniture and furnishings: dining room tables and chairs, cabinets, bookcases, “secretary” desks and hutches, bureaus, china and an inlaid mahogany desk. They also carry a variety of statues and small decorative pieces, as well as some decorative reproductions. My favorite piece was an oval carved wooden wall decoration with the early American pineapple motif. It was both simple and elegant. I loved it. Another great item was a matching blue china pitcher and bowl that would fit in any country room. Have fun here, and use your imagination to think about how these beautiful vintage pieces would fit in your home.
Further down Route 6 heading west, just outside of the village, is Barbara’s Books and Antiques, a place to shop for a different genre—“paper” antiques, such as old books, postcards, prints and magazines. You might find favorites like “The Bobsey Twins” or the great Nancy Drew series. The old postcards tell the stories of how places looked long ago. My favorite—a print made from a late 18th century Pennsylvania folk art piece—was a WPA (Works Projects Administration) project. Its vibrant red and blue colors and simple design are fantastic.