Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Garden Shed”: What’s Hot in Garden & Outdoor Collectibles Garden collectibles along with architectural salvage are hotter than ever according to Elaine Maloney owner of The Plantsville General Store Antique Center, a popular Multi-Dealer Shop in the
News-Antique.com - Mar 15,2008 - Spring is in the air at the Plantsville General Antique Store Antique Center , a five thousand square feet antique emporium in Central Connecticut that is loaded with antiques and collectibles for the vintage garden collector.
Elaine and David Maloney who have owned this busy group shop since 1985 have over 20 dealers who carry plenty of outdoor and indoor garden favorites such as planters and vases , garden, tools, potting tables, chippy painted benches, stoneware crocks , older jardinières, advertising boxes, baskets, architectural salvage,
watering cans, ceramic accessories, flower and herb books, wicker, floral textiles and china, stained glass windows and so much more.
C. Dianne Zweig author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and the soon to be released Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Homes showcases her collectibles at The Plantsville General Store Antique Center. Zweig has observed that “Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Garden Shed” and that folks should be careful about throwing out old rusty tools, splintering boxes, vintage picket fences etc. These items are no longer considered “junk”, they are now some of the hottest collectibles out there and sell quickly at salvage yards and antique malls, such as The Plantsville General Store Antique Center.
Pam Currie a dealer at the shop enjoys “re-purposing” older furniture as well as tinkering with odds and ends to create one of a kind “shabby” collectibles. Her soft pastel green “potting table” made from the marriage of two older pieces of furniture is currently on view in the colorful garden window as you enter the store. You will also find funky retro planters, vases and outdoor collectibles in this same vibrant window display.
Visitors to The Plantsville General Store Antique Center will find this shop filled to the brim with three distinct areas of collectibles including a bargain basement on the lower level where customers pay 75 per cent off all the time and can pick up some super garden related treasures for next to nothing. Recently, Elaine and her husband David helped a regular customer cart out a fabulous Victorian wicker sofa in superb condition found in the basement reduced to $90.00, a steal by any stretch of the imagination.
Many of the dealers are active “hunters” and bring in fresh merchandise several times a week, so if you are after a particular collectible, Elaine and her staff will actually personally shop for you or send out an email alert to all the dealers.
You can easily access this Central Connecticut shop by taking exit 30, Marion Avenue off 84. For more information visit them on-line at www.pgsantiques.com or call 860-621-5255. Hours: 10am-5pm. Wednesday-Saturday Sunday 12 noon-5pm.