Melanie C. Thomas

About Melanie C. Thomas

Melanie C. Thomas has more than 20 years experience researching, buying and selling military memorabilia. She and her husband run Arsenal of the Alleghenys, a Civil War artifact shop in Gettysburg, Pa., 717- 334-1122, or

Civil War shop owner asks: What makes people think I want to buy their old gold?

Civil War artifact dealer and new Antique Trader columnist Melanie Thomas asks: When did owning an antique store become synonymous with being a pawn shop/thrift shop/junk shop owner? "Dozens of people have called, e-mailed and traipsed through the doors of our Civil War artifact store lately in an attempt to hawk something. Do you see any costume jewelry in here? I don’t either."
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