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Believe It or Not

Believe it or not there is a caste system among antique dealers. Now this is strictly old school thinking so don’t get mad at me. The list goes starting at the bottom; yard sales, flea markets, co-ops, antique stores. It’s a food chain of sorts and it omits all the online stuff or artisan or pop-up markets. Each level of the hierarchy has its positives and negatives. I’ve been involved in all levels but lets talk about the one I know best…co-ops. The pros of being in a co-op: You don’t have to give up your weekends. Your items are out in front of the public. There’s more of a chance for shoppers to see and buy. Less damage to merchandise. Most co-ops will take credit cards. You can make attr

Memory Keepers

I saw a post on Facebook that said, “Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion, being alive is the special occasion.” It had a ton of likes and shares. It reminded me of how often I hear about people keeping items of Mom or Grandma for that special event and the rest of the year they pack it up, put it in storage and wait for another special occasion. I have heard customers say, "that brings back happy memories" such as meals together, a birthday celebration or the item sparks a visual of the person who owned it. They give a lot of reasons why they don’t display their keepsakes, and the number one reason is always, “I’m afraid it will get broken.” Let me tell you why I think these spec

The Rack Connection

In this digital advertising age, you would think everyone looks on their phone to see where the nearest antique shops are in their area. But the antique business is its own creature. One of the holdovers in this business is the rack card; it’s those cards you find in racks at the check out telling you where other shops are close by. Once a quarter I drive around and refill my cards across Adamstown and Lancaster and I take theirs to refill the stand at my shop. It’s a lot of driving and, ok I admit it, a lot of shopping. The best part of this ritual is reconnecting with dealers, shop owners and assorted friends in the business. We get to talk about our families, pets, how the shopping is, an

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