About

NOW The Painted Cottage…

 

(Formerly Cottage Chic Resale and Compass Rose Resale)

Purveyors of Fine Vintage and New-to-You Home Goods and Select Clothing Consignments.

The Painted Cottage is a home goods, décor, and more store in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts on “resale row.” We sell vintage and new-to-you home goods including painted furniture, mirrors, wall art, hand-painted signs, linens, and home décor.

And if you need a little retail therapy for yourself, we also sell a curated selection of GREAT new-to-you clothing at the prices that will make you smile – and grab that other shirt, too!

 

Picture 123Meet Mary Harrigan, Owner of The Painted Cottage

Starting my store has been a dream that has been rattling around my brain for a very long time.

I have been taking under-loved furniture and vintage finds and turning them into one-of-a-kind décor pieces for over 20 years. My friends and customers tell me that I have a great eye for spotting pieces that are ugly ducklings just waiting to let out their inner swan.

Moving to Cape Cod

Talk about a cliché.

I needed to make a change in my life, so I relocated to Cape Cod in the summer of 2012 after my sister raved about living here. Originally when I moved to here, I planned to continue work as a dental hygienist (my other career for the last 25+ years) and do my furniture “on the side.”

Success!

Shortly after moving here, I started making the rounds of select Cape consignment and furniture stores. My funky Cape-inspired, French-farmhouse take on vintage décor found a ready audience and my pieces sold quickly. My quirky sense of color and design (and my ability to see past tragic upholstery choices) were even more popular here than in the Boston area. Pretty soon, I found that I couldn’t wait to get home from the dental office and get to work on my furniture. And the old dream of working for myself in a creative business that I loved began to look more possible.

Time to Take the Leap

With the success I was finding selling my pieces to a new Cape audience, I decided that maybe I really was ready make a bigger change. After all these years of turning ugly ducklings into treasures, it was time for me to commit to doing something that I loved – full time.

Time to open a shop of my own. I looked for a shop between Mashpee and Yarmouth, finally deciding that I wanted to be part of Main Street in Hyannis, with its great mix of shops and supportive community.

cottage-chic-resaleFinding My Perfect Place (Part 1): Cottage Chic Resale

I found the perfect location on the west end of Main Street. I have a small parking lot so customers can load furniture. My shop has large, sunny windows and a small garden out front. Perfect!

There are a growing number of creative shops (Little Beach Gallery, Shift, Vu Design) which complement my business. The BID (Business Improvement District – Hyannis) has been incredibly supportive. My landlord (owner of Puff the Magic) has been great. I could not ask for a better spot to start my venture.

And So It Begins

On May 4, 2013, I opened my store. I have stocked it full of fab vintage furniture, all updated with Cape cottage meets French farmhouse vibe. I also carry cool lighting, terrific mirrors and wall décor, and lots of small treasures. I specialize in pieces from 1900 – 1960’s that can make your home something special. All one-of-a-kind! Visit us often as my store is constantly changing.

The next chapter begins…

On August 23, 2015, Cottage Chic Resale closes its doors. It was very hard to make this decision, but I have some health issues and need to take care of myself.

 

Finding My Perfect Place (part 2): Compass Rose Resale

opening-storeSo….the store in the west end closed (sigh…pause for tears) and I spent another year plus selling in other stores around Hyannis. It was good – but it wasn’t enough.

In 2016, the woman who took over my space invited me to come back and sell in part of my own space. While it was great to reconnect, ultimately it did not work.

A friend and I were sharing a glass of adult beverage and trying to figure out our next steps. A little wine-wisdom later, and we hatched a plan to open a store together. Same type of store, different end of Main Street in Hyannis.

Compass Rose Resale was born (big TA-DA moment) so that we could both indulge in our passion for resale.

And a year and a half later, we are still having fun, still selling the BEST buzz-worthy vintage and new-to-you stuff on the Cape.

Finding my Perfect Place (Part 3): The Painted Cottage

While it was fun to be on Main Street in Hyannis, after two years it was time to try something new. I wanted to be closer to “resale row” – that stretch in Yarmouth that has bunches of resale. consignment, and antique shops.

When I found this ADORABLE A-frame right on Route 28 in Yarmouth – so full of sunshine and loads of parking – I knew I could make it into the shop I envisioned.

I still sell all the funky, reimagined things you know and love. But I also sell clothing and one-of-a-kind HAND PAINTED clothing.

I am starting my third year at this FAB location and hope I see you when you’re on the Cape.

Grab your BFF and make a day of it on “resale row” (lobster rolls and adult beverages optional – but recommended!)

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On Facebook, I post my latest finds – all one-of-a-kind – and FLASH SALES so if there is something you love, grab it. It might not be here next time.

Thanks for your support over the last SEVEN years!

I look forward to seeing you soon at THE PAINTED COTTAGE

Mary Harrigan