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The Baltimore Sun

The Blue Oar

28290 St. Michaels Road, Easton


Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. only three days a month: the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Susan Puddester calls herself a "redecorating" consultant. By that, she means she takes home furnishings that people have donated to charity or that end up in flea markets and transforms them into things to be treasured. No two pieces are the same when she's finished with them.

Now she's opened a most unusual shop in Easton called the Blue Oar. It's open only three days a month: the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The rest of the month Puddester spends looking for her raw materials and refurbishing them - mostly by sanding, painting and adding details like decorative knobs.

This means that, each month, the contents of the Blue Oar are different. You might find, for instance, a vintage green-enamel-top kitchen table for $120 or card-table chairs painted bright blue with padded seats newly covered in a multicolored print oilcloth for $80 each.

The name of the shop comes from the blue oar that Puddester found in an antique shop, which is now hanging in the Blue Oar. She fell in love with it. "I'm a blue person," she says, and Easton is so close to the water that an oar seemed like an appropriate talisman.

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