After 30 years in the same location, one of Louisville, Ky.’s, leading antique stores, David R. Friedlander Antiques, has relocated.
“This is truly a family owned business,” David Friedlander said. “My wife, Mary, and daughter, Margaret Spivey, assist me with all aspects of the business. Our reputation and our customers are our priority.”
“For 30 years we were in the Highlands neighborhood,” Friedlander continued. “As the neighborhood changed, we started looking for a location better suited for antique shoppers. Last fall, we moved about 10 minutes east to the St. Matthews area of Louisville’s east end. We’ve tripled our size to about 3,000 square feet of eclectic charm. We sell no reproductions, and our family takes pride in providing customers with as much information as possible about each item we sell. We’re thrilled that longtime patrons have followed us and that many new customers are finding us every day.”
The well-lit store is tastefully decorated with antique treasures, most of which have been acquired from downsizing collectors and estate executors who contacted the shop. Despite the vast amount of inventory, the aisles are wide and the store isn’t cluttered. While being vigilant to customer questions, the friendly Friedlander family encourages shoppers to take their time as they enjoy browsing. And there’s a lot to see.
There’s always an excellent selection of furniture in ready-to-use condition in a variety of desirable woods, such as cherry, walnut and mahogany. Explore china cupboards brimming with art glass, pottery, porcelain vases and other decorative arts. Don’t miss the variety of framed art and photography on the walls. If you love paper items, check out the back corner, which is devoted to collectible books from all eras, as well as postcards filed by category. Margaret Spivey also maintains showcases brimming with a tantalizing selection of gleaming jewelry from all eras.
Despite its diversity, this shop is best known for its eclectic inventory of toys and childrens books. Whatever your age, you’re sure to find a childhood favorite to take home. Check here for a variety of dolls, including century-old baby dolls with bisque heads, vintage Barbies and classic favorites made by well-known companies such as Madame Alexander and Vogue. Plastic and metal dollhouses, furniture and accessories are also popular sellers. Collectors search the shelves daily as they seek to complete their collections of popular series books such as Big Little Books, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. There’s also a selection of pre-1965 comic books, vintage Disney toys, boxed games, top-quality Steiff stuffed animals, TV toys from the 1950s-1980s, advertising characters, early action figures, plus trains and other metal vehicles.
If you can’t plan a personal shopping trip, a small portion of inventory is offered online at www.childrensplanet.com.
For More Information:
David R. Friedlander Antiques
129-D St. Matthews Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday.