Saturday, September 1, 2012

Primitiques, Ltd. 739 Mount Road, A2 Aston, PA 19014

Bill and Beth have taken the plunge! We are beyond excited to bring our lines of furniture and accessories to the biggest furniture market in the country- High Point, N.C. Please contact us to make an appointment to see us or just stop by our booth. We are in the American Made Section of the Market Square Suites.

At Primitiques, we skillfully hand make Early American Primitive Furniture (including: Large cupboards, television armoires, bedroom furniture, dining and kitchen furniture, early Butteries, Kitchen Cabinetry, Tables, Ladder-back Chairs), Early Reproduction Wooden Smalls, Upholstered Make-Do Chairs and Sofas/Loveseats, Wooden Bowls, & Lighting. In 2010, we launched our High Country by Primitiques line, which includes instrument-grade tiger maple, cherry and walnut woods and our Town & Country refined paint finishes. We also create custom kitchens and baths from scratch, as well as refinish kitchen/bath cabinetry. We make our own formula of milk paint colors and natural beeswax finish on our painted pieces and custom mix our dyes for our High Country Hardwood pieces.

At Primitiques, Ltd. ®, we take great care to create handmade & hand-painted, heirloom-quality reproduction home furnishings using historic painting techniques & old world woodworking methods to replicate the look & feel of Colonial America. Built to last, our Primitiques are destined to become tomorrow’s antiques. Bill & Beth, an artistic husband & wife team, skillfully attend to every fine detail of this multiple step process to create furniture that is sure to add the warmth & charm of days gone by to your home. Our reproduction furniture is hand made the old fashioned way with quality pegged joints, hand planing, wooden dowels, historic paint techniques & lots of good old-fashioned elbow grease (aka: hand-rubbed finishes). All Primitiques are available in a wide range of home-made milk paints with mild to heavily distressed finishes for that century old feel and look. Primitiques paints with their recipe of non toxic milk paint as well as non-toxic pigmented beeswax so all of our furniture is eco-friendly. We use new lumber and use reclaimed lumber whenever available.

All of our custom pieces go through an extensive, historically accurate process to create the authentic look of true antiques. Beth & her assistant artists then skillfully & loving apply a multiple step finish process to create a museum quality reproduction. Primitiques is capable of filling large orders while still maintaining our hand-made, quality look.

Primitiques have rapidly gained a reputation for being some of the most authentic looking reproductions on the market. This reputation, in part, is due to Beth’s self-taught antique-quality paint finish. In addition, Bill has developed a skilled distressing technique that also has sparked others to try to duplicate our authentic look. There are many talented furniture makers in the field but we believe that what also sets us apart is our discriminating eye for furniture design. Primitiques has gained respect for our original, smart designs.

Although we do replicate authentic antiques, Primitiques designs new pieces to keep our line fresh and exciting. We work closely with interior designers, large and small shops and other customers to create original looks that reflects our customers' unique style. Our customers and retailers always look forward to seeing our latest creations because they have come to expect wonderful new designs, color palettes and inspirational room design ideas.

We are excited about product design and always, always look forward to launching a new line or product. Living with primitive furniture offers us an ongoing “experiment” with how our pieces wear- the practicality of pieces, which easily leads to product development and enhancement. Being parents, we have developed a few products that we believe are kid-friendly and creative. For instance, we made a “mini” hutch table to use as a coffee table/kid activity center as we painted it in a chalkboard top. This table can be flipped up and utilized as an art easel.

At Primitiques, we definitely cater to our customer as every piece we build and paint is completely customized to the customers’ needs. Beth spends a great deal of time walking shop owners through the process of choosing colors, coordinating patterns and reviewing regional trends. We are very, very enthusiastic about what we do and that just lights up all of our faces and seems contagious to our customers!

We look forward to seeing you at the show, Beth and Bill Merryfield

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stephanie Monahan, Empress of Ephemera

A HUGE THANK YOU to Alyson Kuhn and Mohawk Paper :0) Stephanie Monahan, Empress of Ephemera

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Primitiques is offering direct, our Sizzling Summer Inventory Sale... Going on NOW!!! Please stop by for wonderful direct-to-the-public for savings on items missed out on by retailers!!! These items MUST GO while we start to focus on creating new items.

Monday, June 18, 2012

As Featured in the June Issue Of Paperclips

We were fondly mentioned in the latest issue of Paperclips.

Each year, the National Stationery Show attracts a wide range of retailers from coast to coast – and beyond the U.S. – who travel to New York City to find the best stationery-related products for their stores.
Edie Frère, owner/president of Landis Gifts & Stationery in Los Angeles, CA, has been coming to the National Stationery Show for 20 years. The reason she makes the annual cross-country trek, she says, is because the NSS is the one place where she reconnects with her regular vendors to see what's new, and where she finds new sources – of which she found many.
"I loved Whisker Graphics, which has really cute little printed treat bags as well as labels and twine," shares Frère. "I also loved a company called My Buddy Pal, which features whimsical and adorable illustrations of the artist's dog." Another of Frère's favorite finds was Monahan Papers' kraft gift bags and greeting cards, especially the card that reads: "Let's Not Discuss This Now." Additionally, she liked many of the new invitation albums she saw – as well as their reasonable price points – and placed orders with Smock and Page Stationery, among others.
"I think the NSS is the only way to find new companies that don't have reps," adds Frère. "We're a small store, so I like buying from small companies and helping new businesses – that's part of the fun." She also found the Show easy to navigate. "It wasn't overwhelming, and I finished this year without a sense of panic," she relates.
Frère's positive NSS experience extended beyond the Show floor. She attended the Future Conference on Sunday morning, which she describes as spectacular. "I loved the quality of the speakers," she states. Another highlight of the NSS for her each year is meeting up at lunchtime with her fellow stationers in Club GLM. All in all, says Frère, "It's totally worth the trip!"

Friday, June 15, 2012

Primitiques Market Square Review

New Chimney Buttery with shelves, Windsor Collection, Standard Sawbuck, Feedsack Make-Do Rocking Chair.
Above: New Folk Art Decorated Corner Cabinet, New 6 or 10 Drawer Coffee Table (6 drawer)/Chest (10 drawer) and new Tall Chimney Cupboard.
Aged Paper (paper by Monahan Papers) Covered Americana Spoon Cupboard, Feedsack Covered Make Do Rocking Chair, Smithy Wood Bin and Tiger Maple Tailed Corner
cupboard vignette showing the incredible Standard Scrubtop of our Sawbuck Dining Table.
Above: 6 or 10 drawer chest and handled Fruit Box. Below: Aged Scripted Fabric Fireside Chair - We can INSERT YOUR FAMILY'S NAME (fabric by Monahan papers), significant dates, etc. INTO the fabric!!! Along with Aged Paper Covered Chalfonte Dresser.
Above are some pictures of Primitiques new and exciting products introduced at Market Square this week. We loved seeing our customers and meeting new ones at the show! For those of you who were not able to attend, please call or email us if you are interested in placing your order to be in your shop IN TIME for your fall Open Houses.
Beth and Bill Merryfield
Primitiques, Ltd.
(610) 459-1776

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Primitiques NEW Make Do Rocker

Wonderful NEW Make Do Rocker by Primitiques. I love feedsacks.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Join Us for the Online Wholesale Show - Open to the trade only

Friday, June 1, 2012

Aisle-hopping & window-shopping at National Stationery Show 2012

What a wonderful time we had in New York at the stationary show. We thought we would share a link :0)
Aisle-hopping & window-shopping at National Stationery Show 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Look for us at Paperchase in May

We are pleased to announce that you will find Monahan Papers at Paperchase in May. Paperchase has over 100 stores in the UK and abroad specializing great selections of stationery, greeting cards, gifts and gift packaging. They have opened many new stores in recent years and plan to continue their expansion throughout the coming year. Paperchase bases it products on strong design and is famous for having designers focus on current fashion trends. The company designs and produces hundreds of products under its own brand name 'Paperchase' but half of its products come from third party designers, mainly their gift cards and everyday stationary!! Thank You Paperchase for adding Monahan Papers to your stores!!!

Here is one of the designs they chose in wrap and cards for Fathers Day. I call it Mustache Men. If you notice there are three mustaches that don't quite fit. They are memories from my youth and one belongs to my father, my grandfather and my uncle. It was a crazy day when I did that design and never did I imagine in would find its way into Paperchase. Who Knew!!!

Chair by Primitiques - Fabric by Monahan Papers

Friday, April 6, 2012

Primitiques & Monahan Papers for NY

We are in the count down and getting our wares together. Monahan Papers on Primitiques and we are excited!!! Mark your calendar for the NY Stationary Show. Show Dates are Sunday-Tuesday, 5/20-5/22: 9:00am - 6:00pm and Wednesday, 5/23: 9:00am - 12:00pm. Hope to see you there!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Did Someone say "WEDDING" or "OUTDOOR PARTY"

It's that time of year and someone said "WEDDING" and "OUTDOOR PARTY". We are pleased to announce that after many requests we are bring our Glass Chandaliers BACK for a limited time. These PERFECT party and decor chandaliers are great for both inside and out. Check with us as they will be available on April 15th!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's official. Monahan Papers will be exhibiting at the New Your Stationary Show. We will be introducing our new line of lampshades, muslins/osnaburg designs sold by the bolt, canvas bags and so much more. We hope you will be able to attend this WONDERFUL show. Please visit us in booth #2933.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fabric Is Rolling Off The Machine!!!

We are pleased to announce that the first yards of the new fabric line rolled off the machine today!!!! We are thinking upholstery, table linen, bedding, canvas purses, bags and totes, curtains and crafters yardage. The sky is the limit!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What New - This Weekend At Market

This weekend Samplers Country and Monahan Papers are at order writing represented by Max Bentley's Rusty Blades in Chicago and H2A in Columbus. Stop by the showroom in Chicago and the Booth in Columbus and see the NEW SPRING Merchandise.
We are printing the NEW 2012 Vellum Wrap Roll samples for Oaks. 24" x 10' rolls. This one is 1800's music. Eight designs on one roll and NOTHING REPEATS. I love it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I just LOVE the new 2012 Primitiques furniture and wooden-wares. SIMPLY WONDERFUL.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Little Things We Did Not Know...

Given the fact that both Beth I use trees in the production of our Hand Made Wares I thought it would be interesting to share this with you.
How tough were these guys? When the Northwest logging industry was still young...
Just look at the length of the hand saw they needed...
...and look at the size of the heavy duty axes...
The work required very strong and courageous men...
After a tree was felled the real work began - a week or more to cut it up...
Maneuvering the logs down the mountain to the train was a complex job...
Some of the logs were larger than the train engine...
A hollowed out log became the company's mobile office... and Hollowed out logs were also used to house and feed the crews...
I aquired this last picture from my mother over the holidays. When the trains could no longer do the job or the snow was too deep and the the tracks were covered they would add horses to the front of the engines and travel very slowly. My great great great grandfather is the gentleman on the top left of the log haul. I had NO IDEA !

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

News and Noteworthy - Show Updates
Samplers Country and Monahan Papers have added new sales representatives. We are now proudly represented by Artistic Papers Representatives in Colorado to the West Coast. We will be with B.C. Fritzke and his group. You might see us in Denver next to Sterling Publishing. We will keep you posted as that develops.
We have also added the team of Max Bentley's Rusty Blades and will now be represented in the Chicago Gift Mart and The Minneapolis Gift Mart. We will update the web sites with showroom locations, times and dates.
OUR WONDERFUL NEWS IS you will find our EGG LINE in Atlanta with our dear friend Margeurite. Owner of Cheesecloth and Buttermilk. She is the sweetest gal EVER!!! We will update the booth location and show information on the web site.
Look for us at Market Square in PA in Feb. We will have our largest display ever covering every medium we entertain as well as the release of the new fabric, wallpaper and tissue line. We will also unveil our combined work with Primitiques. We are getting excited. An ADDED bonus is Stacey Meade has joined the Monahan Papers show team and she will be there representing our combined Paper Plethora as well as her ONE OF A KIND works of art. Big cheers for Stacey Meade. Oh... and Tom her DARLING side kick :0) We think he is the bomb!!!
You can also find us at the New York International Stationery show in May. New York in May. I am so ready!!! Check the web site for updates.
We are pleased to anounce that our European distributors Iain and Iain from YCUK have expanded our representation and will feature some of our new items at the January Pulse Show. YIPPEE!!!!
Happy New Year from US to YOU!! Lets make 2012 the BEST year ever!!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Quill and Well Online Tradeshow Series

Christmas already seems like a blur... and the January trade shows are right around the Happy New Year! Samplers Country Collectibles, Primitiques, Monahan Papers and M & M Dry Goodes new products for 2012 catalogs are done or almost done and new products are on the way to our websites. Our first WHOLESALE online show is fast upon us and will feature a lot of the great new products we have for 2012. Registered wholesale buyers will get a email and password update a week before the show opens. If you are not a registered wholesale buyer and would like to join us please email Stephanie at or Beth at An update of our tradeshow booth locations will be posted soon. Hope we can visit with you at the online tradeshow or see you at one of the upcoming tradeshow venues.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year !!!

Wishing you the best for a Blessed and Happy 2012