One of the things I love about having an antiques and consignment shop is that we have some really unique pieces come through our doors. This beautiful merchandise display piece is from the Henderson Hosiery Mill. Don’t you just love the patina and the richness of the wood?
This is a piece that we acquired some time ago that we’ve been saving for our loft. We intended to use is as some kind of display case. The other day when I revealed our plans for a time capsule, we had a great recommendation from a friend. Harry Stolzy suggested we have a time capsule but not hide it in a wall. We’ve decided that’s what we will do with this display case.
Just a little history about the Henderson Hosiery Mill. The building stood for 100 years on Washington Street. When the building was complete in 1885 and production began, the mill was hailed as a commercial wonder. The factory was considered to be one of the factories that formed the foundation of local industry.
A total of 200 men, women and boys were hired when the factory opened. The factory was producing such a high quality of “fine sheeting” that they couldn’t keep up with customers’ demands. Some of the workers lived in company owned double brick tenement houses located across the street from the mill. The company closed in 1931 due to the depression and reopened 6 years later.
The factory operated under 4 different names over the course of the years. In late 1982, the mill closed it’s doors. The mill was razed in 1985 and most of it’s 13 million bricks and strong poplar beams were salvaged for a second life in other buildings in other places.
Just like the bricks and beams from the Hosiery Mill, we salvage items for a second life at our shop, The Elm – Cosignments & More. Our son Matt has a workshop on our second floor, where he does everything from repairs to custom creations. Last year he donated a guitar he built from an old door for a charity auction. He’s turned antique sewing machines into tables, old headboards into benches and completely refinished antique dining sets.
We also have a lot of items that were once loved but not longer needed. Like grandmother’s china, lots of antiques, some great mid century modern pieces and all kinds of glassware and collectibles. We’ve sold many unique pieces with local history, like this merchandise display case. We have a typesetter cabinet and drawers from the Sebree Banner Newspaper and chandeliers from the Boots Randolph museum. We even sold a huge red crushed velvet, king-sized, heart shaped bed with an 8 track player built into the headboard!
Brian never knows what’s going to come through our doors but I’m glad we get to see so many unique items. And yes, I have a stack of stuff I’ve purchased from the shop for our project. I also have some additional very cool furniture pieces that I can’t wait to share!
Thanks for joining our journey!