This Week: The Plum Tree (Red Arrow Highway, MI)

Knowing about The Plum Tree will surely come in handy when I finally buy my little weekend getaway in nearby Harbor Country (or Buchanan), Michigan. Owned and operated for more than 20 years by the Rodeghier family, the Union Pier business offers a mix of new and vintage, cottage chic furnishings, accessories and art. While I’m not normally a fan of faux vintage pieces, son Tim handcrafts most of the rustic furniture in his nearby studio, and his brilliant use of color quickly won me over. If you asked me last week if I wanted a beat-up green dresser, the answer would be an emphatic not really. Ask me now.

Yes, I want it.

Tim isn’t the only talented member of the family. He and his mother Pat’s art hangs throughout the main showroom and two barn annexes. Check out The Plum Tree folks! It’s the best store of its kind, and more than worth a stop when shopping Red Arrow Highway’s antique shops in Harbor Country, Michigan.

The Plum Tree. 16337 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier, MI. 269.469.5980

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Jim made this gorgeous piece of furniture. Giddy-up!

Love it.

I really dig these vintage folding chairs. I know I’m going to regret this. The price for all four is under $200. Amazing.

Wow, what color.


This shot reminds me of that old joke . . .

Another fab set of chairs. It’s quirky that there are only three of them, and it will give you a fun little hobby – to find the fourth chair. Start a blog about it. Write a book. Delight in your new life. All because of those three cool, comfy chairs. And Strange Closets.

My friend Janis bought this cute little stool, and despite the fact that I really wanted it, I couldn’t be more thrilled for her.

I kind of want these for my dining room, but are they too industrial for the space? Inquiring mind wants to know.

I love crows. They’re beautiful and clever little tool makers.

They bought vintage globes for years with this display in mind, and they’ve amassed a very interesting collection. Isn’t that interesting?

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10 Responses to “This Week: The Plum Tree (Red Arrow Highway, MI)”

  1. This store looks like it’s flowing with unique and classic finds. I love all of the “rustic” pieces, the little details one shouldn’t over look, and the colors. I’m particularly drawn to the crows. Very cool!

  2. we might have to ducke it out for that Green Chest/Drawer. I also like that rocking horse a lot, though, how do folks use or place rocking chairs for a decorative touch?

  3. The crows are awesome, aren’t they Albert? Regarding rocking chairs, that’s a great question Alvin. Are you considering incorporating one?

  4. I love this store. I love the painted furniture, and the constructed out of old stuff furniture, and the globes, and the paintings, and the rocking horses. I don’t think those metal chairs were folding chairs though, Tate.

  5. There’s an easy way to find out Jan!

  6. No, those green armchairs aren’t too “industrial”. You might want to see if you can find two more, though, because they are sooooooo comfortable all your guests will want to sit in them when they come to chez vous. You won’t get the chance to sit in one except when you are all alone…. My set of 4, in the same style, is upholstered in a tiny-scale gray and white check, to go with my gray melamine-topped round dining table.

  7. The green dresser is really nice and the color is perfect.

    The green industrial (non-folding) chairs are awesome. Do you drive all the way out to these shops? That is a long drive.

  8. Thanks Cherie. Yes, I do drive out to these shops, but I enjoy it. (I also photographed a home in Niles, Michigan the same day).

  9. oooh, i hope you mean by an easy way to find out that we go back up there soon.

  10. My friend and I are headed out to the Heartland Alliance Home & Garden tour in Lakeside early Sat. and hope to hit Red Arrow Highway. Tate, let me know if you have any other recommendations.