Our Story


In 2004, we decided it was time to finally pursue a long time dream. Mack and I shared a vision of an old country store that people would walk into and feel welcome and comfortable.  We wanted to provide all the furnishings and accessories that would help create a warm and cozy home.

Today, when customers walk in, they smell the candles, hear the soft music and the creak of the old wood floors and, during the cold winter months, experience the glow of the working fireplace in the back of the store.   They understand the warm cozy, prop your feet up, feeling that we want to help them get in their own homes.

The Rusty Bucket carries American country, farmhouse, rustic and primitive home décor.  We are known in the area for our custom made furniture.   If you see something in the shop – or in a magazine – but need a different size or finish, get a picture.  Most times we can re-create it for you.

We want our customers to be happy with their shopping experience, purchases, and us. We have a 'no questions asked' return policy. The sign over the front door says 'Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends' and we truly mean that!

Our Mission

Furnishings and Accessories for the Cozy Country Home

Adding Warmth and Individuality to Every Conceivable Decorating Style
Where Shopping Takes You Back to the Old Home Place


Proud dealer of Elmira Stoveworks Reproduction Antique Appliances


Our Bucketheads

The designation “BucketHEAD” has come to represent one who loves The Rusty Bucket. Our Bucketheads come to the shop often, they decorate to match the The Rusty Bucket Country Style, they enjoy shopping with a close friend and will endure most anything to get in the door to shop. Being a “BucketHEAD” is an attitude, it is a state of mind and above all else it is a characterization that they proclaim with pride.

- Term coined by loyal BucketHEAD, Barbara Chalk.

Our Community

The Rusty Bucket wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for the tremendous support we receive from the community. From the amazing people to the fantastic location in Historic Downtown Apex, we've come to love this place! 

The sign above our door says ‘Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends’ and we truly mean that! 
— Pam & Mack



2007 National Retailer of the Year

Country Business Magazine


2012 Small Business of the Year

Apex Chamber of Commerce