The Webster Dictionary defines “Passion” as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.
I remember the day, not too long ago, someone asked me if I was an antique dealer. I hadn’t really given consideration to that term. I love antiques, and yes I deal with them on a daily basis…but when I look in the mirror I don’t see an “antique dealer”…an “antique rehomer”, maybe even an “antique medium” of sorts…lol. Let’s face it, David and I are never going to get rich with the way we approach this “job” which truly from the moment we began to date was a common passion between us.
My passion is for old stuff…first the kind that has a history…any historical thing (documents, artifacts, things people touched, walked on, signed…proof they were here…they REALLY did exist). Second, anything that reminds me of growing up (vintage toys, pictures, glasses that were in my grandma’s kitchen, globes that say USSR…crazy I know! Of course and not necessarily in this order…my third passion is things people loved/used, and in turn took care of their families with (furniture, kitchen cabinet…like Hoosiers, tables, china cabinets, desks, big wooden rocking chairs, and high chairs…all usually the more solid the better, the more loved but taken care of the better, and the more original the better).
When we acquire these types of pieces…particularly the later, we first find out as much about the piece as we can. Who owned it, where did it come from, why it was given up, what was it used for…if it is furniture where was it built, was it always local, how old it is… I LOVE to clean the furniture and more often than not, feed the wood; making sure we do this before it comes to you is a priority for us, it is part of bringing the piece back to life. As I move through this process, I take note of any scratches, marks, or nicks the wood may have in it due to its being used. Any poorly made repairs, we attempt to repair properly before we release for placement on the floor. Once the piece is released, I display it with other items available throughout the store, making it picture ready. Often I give consideration as to what the owner may have used the piece for and displayed in or on it. Then we announce the piece.
I am sure you have noticed that we tend to leave our asking price off the introductory post of an item. We hesitate publishing prices online as some make quick judgment calls based on price alone. There are a few things to note about this. First, we do not make any of the furniture sold at our shop, nor do we have any of the furniture made. If we ever do, we will be very up front about this. All of our furniture is antique. The primitive pieces in the shop are true antique primitive, which is why they will cost more than a newly made primitive piece. Second, anything you place in your home we want you to fall in love with it. This is why we use the term “rehome” and not “sell.” We care about each piece in our shop…so much that each piece is chosen with the same consideration as if we were going to place it in our home. We always encourage customers to come in and look/feel the furniture/wood, take note of the period hardware and style used to build the piece, and learn the history of the piece. Sometimes the piece is really just a one of a kind and is a “have to see.” But even more important to a lot of customers, when you come in and decide that piece is for you, often we are able to work out a different price or deal based on a number of potential factors. So, if you see something you are truly interested in, come in, get to know the piece and talk with us!
It was almost a year ago I found myself sitting behind a desk 12-14 hours a day, five days a week. I also found myself fighting four to five migraines a week; staring at a computer, having very little work/life balance, tons of stress, and the mismanagement of medications to combat the migraines were all contributing factors. I was finally told what I knew, but needed to hear; "You need to make a serious life change." And so, with a lot of prayer, A LOT of family encouragement, and some very quick business moves...David and I moved our dream of owning our own antique shop up by about 10 years in about three weeks.
On opening day, my sister, Terri, presented me with a framed picture, which sits proudly in the shop…"Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve." Since November, this phrase has become my motto...I can't begin to count the number of times I have fallen back to this.
In the nine short months that Still River Days Antiques has been open we have celebrated the holidays, made it through a blizzard, held our grand opening in the coldest/rainiest May I can remember, moved from a 900 sq ft store to a 2000 sq ft store, reached 1,000 followers on Facebook, and have made some AWESOME friends with some FANTASTIC customers!!...And are now moving into the world of Instagram, Twitter, and the web! WHEW!
My migraines are now back to baseline, the new store is on week four….and we are LOVING this life in New Market, VA!
We want to say THANK YOU for your support and friendship! It means the world to us!
Trudy and David