Ann Sterling of Penobscot, owner of The Farmhouse resale shop in Penobscot arranges flowers amid a Wedgwood China set available for purchase. All sales benefit the care of large animals at Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary in Brooks. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Penobscot shop helps support abused farm animals



PENOBSCOT — The Farmhouse, a resale shop at 919 Southern Bay Road in Penobscot, has a curated selection of china, kitchenware, home furnishings, decor and jewelry displayed in, you guessed it, a farmhouse.

The shop is in its third season. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ann Sterling of Penobscot bought and renovated the building for the charity shop, all of the proceeds from which go to the Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary in Brooks.

Peace Ridge began in Penobscot, but the owner was able to find a 1,000-acre parcel in Brooks, which is near Belfast, Sterling said.

Peace Ridge cares for large animals — anything you might find on a farm.

Sterling said when people think of abused and neglected animals, they think of cats and dogs.

“Nobody realizes the farm animals are subject to terrible abuse,” she said. “They’re certainly more difficult to place. Nobody wants a cow, right?”

Back to the shop.

This is the place to find perhaps the china sets that you’ve been missing. They currently have a dining room table arranged with Wedgwood china. There is also a selection of Quimper — 12 vintage plates and a serving bowl.

“Once people know about us, they keep coming back because we do have nice things,” Sterling said.

One shopper on Friday found a set of four martini glasses with twisted stems.

Another recalled finding a box of rainbow-hued lacquered chopsticks last season.

“We are looking for quality donations,” Sterling said. “I like to think there’s nothing [in the shop] I wouldn’t buy.”

The Birmingham, England, native said there tends to be three types of shoppers at The Farmhouse.

“We’ve got people who are collectors,” she said. “We’ve got people who might be outfitting a camp.” Then, there are shop owners who come to find good deals to resell in their own shops.

The shop is approximately 5 miles from the intersection of Penobscot Road and Southern Bay Road. You’ll pass the “chocolate church” on your right as you’re heading out.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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