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Shopping for Antiques in Small Town Ohio

I had an errand to run recently that took me out into the country of southern Ohio. Prior to going, I Googled “antique stores” to see if I could find a few in nearby small towns. One town, Lynchburg OH, showed a single antique store listing online.

Well, I went out of my way and found Lynchburg. There was a single stoplight with a bank, a gas station, a hardware store and a few other buildings. Within a few seconds I found the location of Lynchburg Antique Mall but it appeared to be closed. Darn it! I was ready to spend some money. After walking up to the store front and peering through the glass, I saw someone arranging items inside. I knocked on the window, totally ignoring the sign on the door which announced that the store would be open for business for the season in a couple of weeks. The man inside the store opened the door to talk to me and let me in.

This guy was busy and could have turned me away. As soon as I told him what I was looking for, he rummaged around and found me several boxes of vintage costume jewelry for me to look through. I found some good items; we had a good conversation while I was looking and he gave me a fabulous deal.

I’ll be back. The owner of the mall said that several antique stores are open in the area during the summer season. It will be fun to explore the area again in a few months.

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When Antiques Dealers Buy From Each Other…It’s a Dog Eat Dog World

When I first started out in the antiques business, I didn’t know what I was doing. I tried to research items but the world of antiques is so large that it’s hard to know everything.

I started out in a small antiques mall in my town, run by a lady named “Nellie”. The first time Nellie purchased something from my booth, I was flattered….until I later found the item in her booth at a much higher price. I was SOOOOO mad. I couldn’t believe it. Obviously she knew something I didn’t and I felt that she had “taken advantage of my ignorance”. Over time, though, I began to have a different attitude.

My attitude today is, if a dealer is not willing to research an item prior to putting it out for sale, shame on them. In antiques, the money goes to those with the knowledge and a dealer should know better.

I know dealers who refuse to use a computer for anything. They continue to do business the way they did in 1980, sticking with outdated research modes and slapping a high price on everything. Everything’s priced at $75 — the good, the bad and the ugly. To me, the Internet is the quickest and most complete research tool out there. There are wonderful sites by professional antiques dealers dedicated to research and the invaluable content of these sites is constantly being updated.

Dealers who do not research their goods are leaving money on the table — they are turning themselves in Chihuahuas in a dog eat dog industry.