ANTIQUIPS GETS A REPLY TO OUR BLOG
Our last article mentioned our frustration trying to find good antique shops while on the Carolinas’ coastal area. We drove down to Charleston, SC from North Carolina for sightseeing with our traveling companions with no time left that day for antique shopping. Our first break came in finding the Cottage Antiques in North Myrtle Beach and with the owner Malinda’s directions to other shops, we filled our day with antique shopping and suitcases with collectibles and antiques.
In a response to our article, Clyde from Charleston wrote to explain our great loss by not antiquing in his area. His website is dedicated to the wonderful experience of exploring the shops nearby. We wrote to ask for an interview and here is our correspondence.
Clyde’s inspiration for developing a website dedicated to Charleston’s antique shops was simply a lifelong passion for antiques, his knowledge of shops in the area and the great people involved in the antique business. He decided to become his own web designer, and learn the tricks of design from the bottom up. Clyde is at that point where he has designed for others as well. He also writes for Examiner.com on the topic of antique shopping in Charleston. All the the time and energy needed to publish his website on Charleston’s shops, is his own. From the time it takes to visit each place and photograph the antiques, to rewriting with the latest info, Clyde does it all.
Pick: “When did you start collecting?”
Clyde: “When I was 12, My great aunt took me antiques shopping.”
Grin: “ What’s your major collection?”
Clyde: “I collect mostly furniture. I like old book cases that I can restore and sell.”
Pick: “Where do you find your items?”
Clyde: “ Antique shops, newspaper ads, yard sales, thrift stores, antique shows and garbage piles.”
Grin: Well that sure runs the gambit. Can we come along to your next visit to our favorite, the garbage pile?”
Pick: “Leave me out.”
Grin: “Are there items you wish you had bought, but passed up?
Clyde: “That is a long list. The odd thing about antique shows, if you do not buy it, you can’t go back to get it. It’s just gone.”
Pick: And if you do buy it, odds are you’ll see a cheaper, better example next week.
Grin: Any words of wisdom for our readers?
Clyde: “You often have to have the time and resources to do the research to be sure the item is what you believe it to be.”
Pick: Thanks Clyde for visiting with us. And readers if you have suggestions on great shoppes in your area for antiques, crafts or collectibles, add a reply so others can share your good fortune in hunting while traveling on the road.