Hoosier Cabinet

Hoosier AdHoosier cabinets - or Hoosiers - are self-contained cupboards / kitchen workstations that were built during the first few decades of the 20th century, before most homes had build-in cabinetry.

Based in Indiana, The Hoosier Manufacturing Company was the most well-known maker of the free-standing cabinets, but other companies produced them, too. The example in our shop is an actual Hoosier brand cupboard, as you can tell by the yellow plaque. It includes a wonderful metal flour sifter, an expanding countertop, decorative windows, and lots of storage space.

We believe the magazine advertisement shown is from 1906, the same year our Hoosier was patented.

In the ad you can see that Hoosiers were available in various sizes and with many other features as well, such as sugar bins, spice racks, even ironing boards. Glass storage jars for tea, coffee and crackers were also produced specifically to fit the cabinets. 

We invite you to stop in and see this great piece at Rusted Roost Marketplace, located in downtown Blissfield, Michigan, just 209 miles northeast of where this Hoosier was made in New Castle, Indiana.

Window RefrigeratorDid you know you can use patent numbers to approximate the manufacture date of certain objects?

We found the great galvanized metal box shown above. It features a hinged lid and a divided inner compartment. It can also be elongated - and a third section can be created - by pulling on one end of the box.

Patent NumberBut we couldn't figure out what its original purpose might have been.

Then we remembered that fact about patent numbers.

A quick Google search turned up a “table of issue years and patent numbers.” The box's number - 1637460 - corresponded with a patent date between 1927 and 1928.


And then, we wondered if we might be able to locate the patent number's description. Sure enough, the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website features detailed drawings of what we think is our box. It's called a “window refrigerator.”

From further research we learned that the box would have been attached to the outside of a window during the colder months or in shadier spots. Food was stored in the box to keep it cool.

That type of insight makes this beautifully crafted metal box all the more interesting. It gives it a story that you could share with others who see the piece in your home.

Want to know more about an object in your collection? Look for a patent number and then use this list and the USPTO website to start your digging.

We love everything about this scene. The perfect mid-July weather. The gorgeous blue sky, deep-green field, and contrasting red of the vintage tractor. We love the hypnotic rhythm of the "rain" and the bands of fleeting color the cool water and warm sunlight join to create. And we love the thought of this farmer caring for his crops almost as one would a child, raising them to their full potential and then sending them into the world. 

There's so much beauty here in farm country, and we're so happy to be here to see and feel it. 

We hope you'll take time every day to look around. 

We're looking forward to the opening of the American Farm Museum and Education Center on the east side of Blissfield, just off U.S. Route 223.

The museum's mission will be “to preserve the agricultural history of our community and the nation, while cultivating understanding and appreciation of present and future agriculture.”

The facility will include interactive educational exhibits, as well as a large collection of farm toys and artifacts.

The video above features highlights from the July 14th groundbreaking ceremony. The architect's images below show what the center will look from above and from the road.

AFM Drawings

You may have seen combines as you've driven by southern Michigan's farm fields, but have you ever wondered what those fields look like from the farmer's perspective? 

Stephen Rothfuss is not only the co-owner of Rusted Roost Marketplace in Blissfield, Michigan, he and his wife Candy help run their family farm in Saline. The land has been in the Rothfuss family for six generations now. So, Candy and Stephen come by their love and appreciation of farm antiques naturally, having been around them most of their lives. 

In the video above, Stephen brings in the winter wheat that he planted in the fall of 2017. 

Do you like beautiful old cars and trucks? Then you'll have to get to downtown Blissfield for our classic Car and Bike Show. And bring your camera 'cause you'll want to take home lots of shots of these wonderful vehicles. 

The show happens several times throughout the warmer months. See the schedule on our Events Calendar page. 

Once you're finished looking at the classic cars, enjoy a meal at one of Blissfield's restaurants. Try the Hathaway House, Main Street Stable and Tavern, Lena's, or B Town Bar and Grill.

At Rusted Roost, we love finding new uses for old things. That's what the family who bought a nice, weather-worn mailbox from us did. Check out the quick video above to see how they gave it new life. 

And, as always, if you see something you like in our shop but can't quite figure out how to use it, let us know. We'd love to brainstorm with you. 

Looking at vintage postcards is a fun way to travel back in time. And it can be especially enjoyable when the cards depict buildings and attractions in your hometown or county. Here are a few wonderful examples from around our area. Enjoy the trip down Memory Lane.

Postcard Irish Hills


Postcard Blissfield

Postcard City Hall

As you'll hear in the video above, Rusted Roost owner Candy Rothfuss has a thing for this stove.

“It's a vintage Montgomery Ward stove that was used in kitchens and for camping alike,” she said. “These were also popular in summer kitchens, especially when canning. Some Amish families still use these types of propane stoves today. This piece is in great shape, and it has excellent color and patina.”

Yep, it's pretty obvious why she likes it so much. Come on in soon.


Ahh, what could you do with this wonderful old washing machine? Let's see...

1) You might use it as an indoor or outdoor planter. Imagine a beautiful Boston fern or your favorite annuals popping out from the basin.

Old Washing Machine Rusted Roost2) Fill the tub with ice and use it to hold canned or bottled beverages during your next porch party. It's bound to be the most unique cooler your guests have ever seen.

3) Display it in your laundry room, along with vintage detergent and soap boxes.

4) Or, you could turn it into a working sink for your bathroom or potting shed! We did just that for the bathroom here at Rusted Roost. Ask to see it the next time you're in the shop.

So many of the farm antiques and architectural salvage items we have can be re-purposed to create visual interest in your home or office. Let us know if we can help with any ideas. Stop in soon

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