Primitive & Proper

Primitive & Proper

Colleen Quinn
Jun 29, 2009

We found Primitive & Proper when browsing on Craigslist, rather fitting since that is also how proprietors Cassie and Theresa met some years ago. Cassie had posted an Items Wanted ad for furniture in need of TLC, and Theresa responded with some items she had for sale. One thing led to another, and before long these two stay-at-home moms found themselves in business together buying, refinishing, and selling furniture online...

Theresa and Cassie scour Craigslist, yard sales, flea markets, and streetcorners looking for neglected pieces to transform. They also do custom work so whether you have a piece you want redone or you see a piece on their website you'd like refinished in a certain way, Primitive & Proper is happy to work with you to create your ideal piece.

For the moment, Primitive & Proper has only an online storefront, though Cassie and Theresa do hold semi-annual sales in their homes, and have taken their show on the road to the Lucketts Spring Antiques Market for the last couple of years. They operate by appointment only and offer delivery services for customers who cannot pick up pieces in person.

We were most impressed by Cassie and Theresa's dedication to saving and refinishing wood furniture that is often on its last legs. We share their belief that older wood pieces often have a lot of life left in them, and love that they work hard to search out hidden gems and polish them up for resale. Though many of the pieces featured on the website are done in a traditional cottage style, Primitive & Proper is working to up the appeal for buyers with a more modern edge.

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