New England’s Knotty Pine shuttering group shop

WEST SWANZEY, N.H. – A well-respected New Hampshire group shop, Knotty Pine Antiques Market, is closing its doors on May 18.

The shop, long a very popular stop on the New England antiquing trail, has been in business for almost 50 years. Opened in 1960 by Stephen and Joan Pappas, Knotty Pine has been one of the stalwarts of the antiques business, weathering many a down market and always offering good antiques from reputable dealers.

Knotty Pine started running auctions in 1995, conducted by the Pappas’ sons, John and Michael. The auction business will continue. Son John still runs the auction business.

In its heyday, Knotty Pine boasted more than 450 dealers, but as the Internet has made inroads, the economy has stuttered and the dealer and buying population has aged, the dealer base for the shop has contracted to around 175.

The auction business, however, has grown solidly in the space it shares with the group shop. The shop now conducts upwards of 50 auctions a year in the air-conditioned gallery space, including monthly antique and specialty auctions as well as weekly general and estate auctions. The space generated by the closing of the group shop will be taken over by the auction business, which currently houses its inventory almost 10 miles away.

Joan and Stephen Pappas are, ostensibly, retiring, but anyone who has spent any time at the building – in the shop or the auction – can reasonably expect to see the two founders routinely wandering the floor.

Between now and May 18, the Pappas’ and the dealers in the shop will be offering a “retirement sale,” with merchandise marked down 30 to 50 percent.

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