Eighty-year-old Winifred Green (Winn, for short) has been selling antiques in Phoenix for 42 years. “It’s not really a long time when you’re having fun,” she said.
Much has changed since the self-proclaimed mom-and-pop store, Antique Outpost, opened; “A lot of things that were for sale 42 years ago we couldn’t even get now!” said Green with a laugh.
With the business motto “If you can’t carry it, don’t buy it,” the Antique Outpost if full of small antiques: jewelry, china, bottles and uniquely Western collectibles such as spurs, branding irons, and horse saddles.
Jan Klaft, owner of the Gussied Up antique store in Los Alamos, collects more than antique furniture and ceramics — she collects antique words. The name of her store comes from an old Victorian saying that means “to put on your best bib and tucker to go for meetin’,” said Klaft.
Klaft opened the Gussied Up store with her daughter 19 years ago. “We started on a pig farm … in the middle of a walnut orchard,” Klaft said with a laugh. The mother-daughter team quickly outgrew the “herdsman cottage,” and moved to downtown Los Alamos for more room (and onto property that wasn’t zoned for farming).
Another one of Klaft’s favorite words is ‘falderal’: “foolish talk of ideas, or mere nonsense,” she uses to describe the atmosphere of shopping at Gussied Up.
Los Alamos is located one hour from Santa Barbara and one hour from the beach. Gussied Up is now located in a 2,500-square-foot Victorian house from the 1800s, with original Redwood flooring. The shop has 12 rooms full of antiques and collectibles.
Good Goods and Co. in Boise has been called a “mini vacation,” “better than therapy” and “like having a hong kong massage,” but for owner Cheri Bruning, it’s about selling what she likes.
“I have stuff nobody else has … and everything has a part of its history written over its face,” said Bruning.
The shop has a European flair with silver and old clock faces being top sellers.
What makes Good Goods and Co. different than most antique stores, according to Bruning, is the clean, spacious and relaxing environment. “I’ve never been one to enjoy digging through piles of dirty stuff, I’m too much of a prima donna,” she said.
You can’t get more “Western” than Cowboy and Indian Antiques in Albuquerque.
Owners Terry Schurmeier and Janine Fentiman call their shop the central hub for Native American and Western antiques.
Schurmeier was exposed to Native American culture while growing up in Chicago.“I fell in love with the culture and the people,” she said. Schurmeier sold Native American art to pay her way through college. Sixteen years ago, she decided to turn her side-job into her livelihood and opened Cowboy and Indian Antiques.
Cowboy and Indian Antiques are also the producers of the Great Southwestern Antique show — the largest antique show in the West. The show ended Aug. 9, with record-breaking numbers. “People are getting back out and buying again,” said Schurmeier about the show.
With more than 15 of nation’s top Native American dealers and a professional sales staff to represent the gallery, Cowboys and Indians Antique gallery is a popular source for those interested in owning a piece of the wild West, he said.
Red Wagon Antiques in Dalles began with five individuals who love antiques and created an antique shop. Entering into their fifth year, co-owner Nicole Ramsey said “business is pretty good!”
Ramsey said the shop has a bit of everything. “It’s not one person’s taste, there’s a lot of people collaborating to bring really nice things.”
Dalles is a historic town right on the Colombia river.
Sweet Pea’s Rose Cottage is a dream-come-true for 33-year-old Raylene Peraza. “I always dreamed of opening a little boutique store with antiques, collectibles, handmade items and vintage items – I love all things romantic and girly.”
In July Peraza celebrated two years of business.
Vintage music from the ’40s through the ’60s plays in the background of the boutique, to go with the vintage collections. Highlights of the Rose Cottage include floral plates, teacups with saucers, chandeliers, lampshades, clothing, hats, purses and gloves.
“I like to be known for the shop that’s affordable, beautiful and full of inspirations. It’s pretty. It’s affordable, it’s an experience … Come in here and de-stress!” said Peraza.
Sweet Pea’s Rose Cottage is located in historic “GG’s corner,” originally home of Milwaukies Concord Hotel in the 1940s.
Seventeenth, 18th, and 19th century furniture, decorative art, and architectural pieces are the focus of Anthony’s Fine Art & Antiques in Salt Lake City. Anthony Christensen opened the international, family-run business 20 years ago, and continues to travel extensively across the United States and Europe to buy fine art and furniture.
“This isn’t about money – it’s about beauty and quality,” said Christensen who has placed pieces in major museums across the country.
Along with his dedication to history and art, Christensen’s son-in-law, Brett LeVitre, is currently working on a doctorate in art history in London and will be joining the shop again shortly. “This is a profession; it doesn’t happen by accident,” he said.