Something old, something new
ers are Ottawa and Montréal residents.
“We have a lot of people from outside this area who shop here,” says Teresa Brown who coowns the business and the Grenville- based Antiques From The Mill with her husband, Fred Crooks. However, she was taken aback when one woman said she was driving in from the Muskokas, after hearing of a Friday special at the antiques and home décor store.
When a client is willing to drive six or seven hours to pick up a gift card, you know you’re doing something right.
“I love it,” Mrs. Brown says of the business she purchased three years ago.
“I have always liked this place. I used to shop here myself before I bought it.”
The Lampe Berger line remains a good seller, as does sterling silver jewellery. Handblown Kitras Balls, made in Ontario, also sell well at the shop that offers a bridal registry, free gift wrapping and a layaway plan.
December 1, the store will be open until 9 p.m. to help people start their Christmas shopping and take in a Sweet Lakes legging demonstration by Tina Crooks.
“Antiques are back,” relates Mr. Crooks. Buyers can arrange an appointment at Antiques from the Mill by calling him at 613-306-0464.
The market has been rebounding, thanks to younger people who have tired of cheap products.
“People want real wooden furniture. They want the good stuff,” he observes.
“Live edge” furniture, that have rough lines, is particularly popular.
COMEBACK: Interest in antiques has been revived, say Teresa Brown and Fred Crooks, shown with a 200-year-old pine cupboard that doubles as a display case at Vankleek Cottage in Vankleek Hill. Below: A Lampe Berger that purifies and scents the air is a...