Inside a renovated 19th century barn at the northeastern tip of Pennsylvania, Dancing Dog Antiques offers vintage and antique items gathered from different time periods and arranged into the best kind of curated chaos. With Owner Catherine DeLattre’s unique ability to see the potential for beauty in discarded objects, it’s no wonder the shop has garnered the attention of editors and stylists. Since its inception eighteen years ago, Dancing Dog Antiques has attracted a stylish and selective clientele eager to furnish country and city homes with its charming and eccentric wares.
Catherine describes her shop as “an eclectic mix of antique and vintage styles: primitive, industrial, vintage, medical, taxidermy and mid-century items”—whatever she finds cool and interesting. She has fashioned an inviting, imaginative space filled with intriguing furniture, kitchenware, pottery, linens and other decorative items.
A stuffed raccoon sits atop a neatly arranged stack of vintage leather valises. Beside a Prohibition-era physician’s examination table is an antique bookcase filled with medical knick-knacks and ornithological paintings. Shelves along the barn’s walls are brimming with mustard yellow and moss green kitchen ceramics. Perched on top is an assortment of tiny model houses. Perusing the space, one can’t help but wonder, where did all this come from and how did it get here?
By now a seasoned local, Catherine notes the positive changes in the area, including an influx of younger-generation business owners who appreciate the natural offerings of the region and are drawn to it for the same reasons she came here nearly 30 years ago. While some are returning to their birthplace, other newcomers are forging a life in the country for the first time. Like Catherine, they’re looking for an alternative to big-city living and the space and opportunity to realize their creative impulses.
As for Dancing Dog Antiques, Catherine will continue piecing together her found objects into creative vignettes and welcoming customers into the eclectic world she’s created inside a centuries-old barn. Her eye for spotting treasures has expanded into the restaurant industry, too; she and her family recently became owners of Honesdale’s popular Dyberry Forks. With Catherine’s attention to detail and hospitable nature, the farm-to-table restaurant will no doubt continue as a favorite destination of locals and out-of-towners alike.
Photography by Charlotte Ferguson