It’s strange how some people get into the antiques business. Kevin McCandless of Alabama started collecting coins as a child, scouting antique stores for coins to add to his collection. His love for antiques grew as he spent time in the stores looking at different antiques. That passion has turned into a career for Kevin, leading to having his own antiques store.
McCandless and his wife purchased a store in Fairhope, keeping the original name of ‘A Fairhope Find’. The business proved to be challenging for McCandless, as the customers were mostly tourists and much less formal than he was used to. McCandless does plenty of research to find antiques that his customers will want to buy. Some of his favourite items are fountain pens, first edition books and carnival glass. During his years in the antiques business, McCandless has had items brought to him for valuation, but doesn’t class anything as an antique unless it’s a hundred years old.
The McCandless family now have a store in Robertsdale and are experiencing a totally different type of customer. People have to make a conscious effort to reach the store as it’s slightly off the main road, which means that they are actually searching for an antique rather than just browsing. He said:
“That’s the beauty of this business is I get to buy really neat things, look at them for a while and then sell them or change them out and get new things.”
Very often, antique lovers in the Preston area will discover an item of beauty, like an antique cabinet while browsing in antique stores – many of which are owned by those who were brought up with the antiques trade in the family. Browsing is often the best way to find an item that you will truly appreciate.
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