This "shop" actually consists of an old house and (general) store, a couple of rather large storage sheds, and a couple other remote storage locations. The owner grew up in the area but lived in the Charlotte area and elsewhere until just a few years ago. She is definitely an antique dealer (and collector) but in some ways her business is still just getting off the ground. She is definitely not the snooty, "my stuff is old, good, and valuable because I say that it is old, good, and valuable" type of antique dealer. She likes the things that she owns but she also likes to help people furnish their homes, whether with the basic necessities or with that final piece to complete the grand estate. While I was wandering through her aisles and piles and intermittently discussing antiques, Eastern North Carolina life as compared to life in the Piedmont, and dozens of other topics, I was quite impressed that she is aware that she does not "know it all" but that she is learning quickly and that she wants to help others furnish their homes and their lifestyles.
What to buy: During my visit, one young lady with two young children and a car which had definitely seen better days stopped by looking for a breakfast room set. The young lady was very interested in one that consisted only of a table and four chairs. The table legs had been painted but the wood appeared and felt as if it were oak. The proprietress quoted a price which seemed to be more than fair but the young lady said that she didn't have quite that much. After the customer left, I asked about her pricing of this particular item. She explained that the couple of which our young customer was the wife was struggling but making progress toward economic success and that they just needed something to furnish a simple family dining spot. With a sly grin, she told me that she was not sure of the value of the ensemble but that if one of her "big collector/dealers from Raleigh or Charlotte" showed an interest in the set, their price would probably be significantly more than what she had asked form the young mother.
What to pay: Most of her prices seemed a bit on the low side of what I had expected. No big city rental costs, I suppose.Related to:
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