FOLLANSBEE — From classic furnishings and glassware to previous license plates and enterprise indicators, an area couple has utilized their curiosity in antiques to a brand new enterprise at 910 Principal St.
Rachel and Jim Mounts stated they named the shop Two Vintage Geeks as a result of each of them have their very own curiosity in fashionable, fascinating and distinctive objects from the previous.
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to five p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
As guests step into the shop, they discover cabinets crammed with an assortment of kitchen ware, together with Pyrex dishes and domestically produced glass objects; indicators and different promoting supplies for beer and different on a regular basis merchandise; doilies and varied crocheted objects; in addition to many different antiques.
A kids’s pedal automobile sits close to the entrance window, not removed from a scale that guarantees to inform “your weight and your destiny.”
“We attempt to hold just a little little bit of the whole lot,” stated Rachel, who likes to decorate in clothes from or typical of the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s and play previous information within the retailer.
A Follansbee native and Brooke Excessive College graduate, she and Jim, a local of Washington, Pa., who served within the Marines and Coast Guard, dwell in Steubenville.
Once they aren’t working as a nurse concerned with case administration and paramedic, respectively, or staffing the shop, the 2 are shopping at flea markets, property gross sales and different venues for potential merchandise.
Jim has his personal assortment of vintage promoting shows for varied beers and early license plates, noting ones used within the early 1900s typically had been made from heavy porcelain.
Rachel stated pre-1960s furnishings in good situation, notably from the 1950s, are good sellers at the moment.
Additionally standard are objects of native curiosity, and she or he as soon as salvaged a pair of wooden crates belonging to Follansbee’s Lantz Dairy that had been going to be burned.
They stated they take pleasure in coping with potential sellers and welcome anybody with objects they’re eager about promoting however be aware, as enterprise house owners, they have to spend correctly.
“We generally should remind folks we’re not the fellows from ‘American Pickers.’ We don’t have their funds,” stated Jim.
These eager about shopping for or promoting can name (304) 670-6444 for info.
The couple has offered objects on consignment and in addition use Fb and Etsy to promote their antiques exterior the Tri-State Space.
“Now we have lots of people are available in from Columbus and Pittsburgh,” stated Rachel, who added they’ve created a flier itemizing different vintage retailers to assist guests trying to find a selected merchandise or simply planning a day of exploring.
“That’s the great factor about vintage companies. All of us promote one another,” she stated.
The shop itself is one thing of an vintage, with its wood flooring and tinplate ceiling. It has served as dwelling to Ferrante’s Grocery, The Each day Perk and Scavati’s through the years.
The pair sealed the roof, painted the inside and eliminated partitions to organize the constructing for its new id.
Rachel famous they’d the unhealthy luck of opening because the pandemic was reaching the Ohio Valley however have seen a surge in enterprise in latest months.
“I believe everyone has had cabin fever and is prepared go locations,” she stated.
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