Prescott Antique Shop Focuses on Quality and Variety
By Alan M. Petrillo
Prescott, Arizona has consistently been named one of the country’s best places to live, partly because of its mild four-season climate, its proximity to national forests and metropolitan Phoenix, aand its cultural heritage.
And those attractions also bring in thousands of visitors yearly, many of whom gravitate to particular antique shop off Courthouse Square that offers an eclectic inventory of antiques and collectibles.
Lost In Sports/Antiques Off the Square at 145 N. Cortez Street is a 1,200-square foot shop co-owned by a father and son team — George and Steve Stazenski.
“We’re dedicated to providing collectors with the best quality and
variety, so we have a very eclectic inventory of collectibles and antiques,” said Steve Stazenski.
The Stazenskis have found a way to squeeze a lot of merchandise into their store. Items represented in the shop include railroad and military materials, glassware, sports memorabilia, 1970s paraphernalia, cowboyana, die cast cars, antique toys, trains, pottery, cast iron toys, baseball cards, old paper and photos,
furniture, gambling antiques, watches, fobs, costume and silver jewelry,
Indian and Old West material, primitives, medical antiques and bottles, black Americana, comic books, depression glass and vintage advertising it
Stazenski points to his employees as one of the shop’s greatest assets.
“Our manager Kim Ventress is friendly, attentive and personable, and many of our customers come in just to see her,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without her and we’re also lucky to have our other employees, Susan Ventress and J.J. Nolan as well.”
Lost in Sports/Antiques Off the Square has been in business at its current location for seven years. The Stazenskis have provided merchandise to sports collectors in the area since 1990, first starting out with a tiny baseball card shop and then going into business as father and son antique dealers.
While Stazenski said that the shop’s specialties are toys, Americana items, and sports memorabilia and cars, he also pointed out that Lost in Sports/Antiques Off the Square is different from most other shops in that “we offer a diverse variety and avoid the junk.”
He added that many dealers frequent the shop, including dealers from around the country. However, most of the shop’s business comes from retail customers.
“Our town enjoys a lively tourist trade and the antiques district on Cortez Street is a draw for many of them,” Stazenski said.
Asked what trends he’s been seeing in the Prescott antique trade, Stazenski took a cautious view.
“While most genres have their cycles, it is difficult to judge what will
be ‘in’ next,” he noted. “Just when it seems that something is ‘hot,’ it cools off, and people are into something else.”
Where does Lost in Sports/Antiques Off the Square get its merchandise from?
“We buy frequently from folks who walk in the door, go to people’s
homes, pre-view estates, cruise the Internet, look at competitors’ shops,
and travel looking for merchandise,” Stazenski said. “We buy something nearly every day and believe we are somewhat ahead of the curve, in that we use internet data when pricing our inventory.”
Lost in Sports/Antiques Off the Square
145 N. Cortez Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm