One of the most fulfilling aspects of owning an antique shop is the thrill of matching just the right item with the right buyer. Helping a collector find that special piece to fill a hole in their collection is a lot of fun, but sometimes you're able to do so much more.
Way back in June of 2006, a customer found a true treasure in our shop. Here's the story, as told in our June 2006 newsletter:
Barbara Hurst is a Wedgwood collector and had visited our shop before. One day in June she returned to shop with her cousin, but it wasn’t Wedgwood that she found…it was an original painting done by her mother many years before in Burnsville, North Carolina.
Barbara noticed the painting in Booth C and remarked to her cousin, “Doesn’t that look like one of Mother’s paintings?” Her cousin picked up the painting and held it so that Barbara could see it better, and Barbara exclaimed, “That’s Mother’s signature in the corner!”
The two cousins were very excited about the discovery and promptly purchased the painting so that it could return to the family. Barbara related that she was born and raised in Burnsville, a small town in the mountains about 150 miles from Indian Trail. Her mother was an artist in Burnsville many years ago, and the family had lost track of the painting after her mother’s passing.
The cousins proudly posed for a photo with the painting before leaving with their treasure. Look at those smiles! Congratulations go to our dealer, Gail Porfilio, for making this special moment possible.