Funky Farmhouse repurposes with style

Decor and furnishings renewed and resused on Bay View Street
By Susan Mustapich | Aug 20, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Distinctive Maine artisan-made wall clocks,  repurposed and refinished tables and chairs, and crafted decor are all found at Funky Farmhouse on Bay View Street.

CAMDEN — Funky Farmhouse at 53 Bay View St. is a furnishing and home goods store where reuse, repurposing and refinishing are done with style.

The new store gave Andy Young, longtime owner of Bald Rock Builders, the opportunity to renovate the storefront space. Young's business partner, Sue Gerard, brings retail and creative expertise, sourcing furniture and decor from about 20 vendors, and artfully arranging the pieces throughout the store.

Funky Farmhouse features furniture for every room and budget. Some pieces are refreshed with attractive colors, finishes and hardware, while others are unique creations made from repurposed parts. The collection includes tables of all sizes and types, dressers, hutches, shelving, benches and chairs, with complementary mirrors, frames, glass, ceramics, tableware and pillows.

Grouped by color, coastal and room-related themes, the pieces made by different artisans are intermingled. "This way, one person's item on a table may help sell the table, or the table may help sell that person's items," Young said.

Creative decor, made by Maine artisans ranges from smaller pieces, including colorful birds and fish made from reused objects, to distinctive wall clocks that make a statement. Cheerful metal sculptures made by a retired welder include 'horse-shoe' crabs and lobster pieces so popular they have sold out and Young is waiting for more. He makes the point that Funky Farmhouse has unique pieces, and much of the inventory, from furniture to artisan-crafted decor, is not something that can just be reordered. While they can bring in similar pieces, if something sells, "it's not like another one's going to come in that looks just like it," he said.

"It's a labor of love for just about everybody in here," Young said, "taking a couple of old elements and putting them together to create a whole new look."

Customization services are another unique feature offered by Funky Farmhouse. One customer bought a piece of furniture, but wanted it redone in a finish they saw on a different piece in the store. Other customers bring in furniture they have found, and can request a finish they see in the store.

Young is running the store from behind his desk made of reused bits of trim, boards, countertop and paint left over from numerous construction jobs. In the past few years he has been changing his construction business over to property management and caretaking, and during that time, bought the 53 Bay View St. building. At one point when he was advertising the ground floor retail space, there were eight retail spaces for rent on Main and Bay View streets in downtown Camden, he said. That led to the decision to open his own store, in partnership with Gerard, who had run similar stores in Waterville and Rockland, and was interested in coming back to the Midcoast. When a four-wheeler accident led to injuries that have prevented Young from working out in the field, he decided to run the store himself for something to do.

During the renovations, Young said, he made his way around the space on an office chair, "while we painted and did finish work." He remembers that the trim on the cabinet at his desk was made for a customer, who ended up wanting something different. Even the paint was repurposed. "We mixed 30 partial cans of paint together to achieve the wall color, and then it was actually too bright, so we mixed in four gallons of primer," he said. They wanted a barn look inside, so they took three cans of different-colored exterior siding stain and came up with the gray on the interior trim, he said.

He and Gerard opened Funky Farmhouse the week before Memorial Day. Much of the inventory has turned over since then, and a lot more has been added. Young has been pleasantly surprised to see the store meet projections earlier than expected, and is looking forward to refreshing inventory with fall and holiday season themes. The plan is to stay open through the winter, when, Young points out, it will be easier to drive down and park on Bay View Street to pick up some furniture.

Funky Farmhouse offers free delivery to the doorstep within 15 miles, even for small items. The store also offers custom installation services for pieces that have to be mounted to the wall or inset.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, see the Funky Farmhouse Facebook page or call 542-1225.

Owner Andy Young of Lincolnville is at home behind the counter at Funky Farmhouse on Bay View Street in Camden. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Funky Farmhouse features furnishings for every room and budget. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Furnishings refreshed with new colors and finishes, and repurposed and artisan-made decor are arranged in themes throughout the store. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A coastal arrangement with coastal colors and home goods is displayed at Funky Farmhouse in downtown Camden. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Vintage dinnerware can be used for decoration, or to complement existing sets. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The Funky Farmhouse sells smaller items, too, including unique, Maine-made birch bark jewelry. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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