Here's a article about our store that was in the April 28, 2011 Pine Creek Journal written by Kyle Lawson.
Nearly 30 antique shops in the Wexford area have come and gone over the last 45 years, while the Wexford General Store remains open. It could be the deceivingly spacious interior, which includes about a dozen rooms and a wrap around balcony ont the second floor. Or it could be the keen business sense of past and present owners, said antique dealer Carole Michaels.
According to Tina and Michael Nagy of Ross Township, it's the "friendly atmosphere." On a recent Wednesday, the couple purchased a Chippendale chair, replicated from an original 18th century design, which should fit nicely with a collection of antiques handed down from Tina's grandmother. Originally from Oregon, the Nagy's were exploring the North Hills when they missed a turn onto Route 910 and discovered the rustic sign on Church Road reading "Wexford General Store." It's a common mistake that often results in business for the store, said dealer Sue Silverman.
Customers have remained loyal, purchasing items 30 years ago and now selling them back. Others have stopped in to share memories of buying penny candy as children. And there's the true buffs, who once were customers and now are standing on the other side of the counter. "One day I saw an empty room, and thought, I'm going to try this," said dealer Janet LeCornu.
Twenty dealers, some part-time and some full-time each profit from their own room, and spend one day each week helping where needed. The treasures they seek are harder to come by these days, as a result of online trading posts such as eBay and Craigslist, but computers are soulless, Michaels said. " On eBay, you're not feeling it and getting the history of it."
The store has their own website, but there's always questions that can only be answered with a trip to Wexford, where the real hunt begins, Silverman said. "People come in and have no idea what they want," Michaels said. "They don't really know what they want until they see it."
As the Nagy's paid for their chair last Wednesday, a 19th century trunk-resembling a once buried treasure chest-was being carried out the front door. Constructed in 1880, the trunk is one of many that were brought to the United States by immigrants. Int the next room, a pair of worn, leather 1941 flying gloves are displayed in a glass case, probably separated from the white scarf, leather helmet and bomber jacket typically worn by pilots of the era. Around the corner is a 19th century filing cabinet from the Armstrong County Courthouse.
Among the paperwork once stored in the tiny drawers probably was the name James Daugherty a stenographer and lawyer from Kittanning who invented the world's firs visible typewriter in 1881.
Even the history of the store is palpable, from the uneven, creaking floorboards to the musty scent that saturates damp, spring air on a rainy April afternoon. "It's not a fake smell," Michaels said, "It's a natural smell."
Each memento sparks an emotional connection between the living and the dead. Each day begins a new search for an interesting story, a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, or both.
For those who shop at the Wexford General Store antiques are a hobby, but for those who work there, antiquing is a lifestyle.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Just days away from our big 45th Anniversary celebration. We have the shop all cleaned up, we had a spot on KDKA, we have filled the store with wonderful treasures and now we are looking forward to all of you shopping with us, bringing your treasures for few appraisals, and hopefully winning one of our door prizes. Remember we also buy antiques so if you are ready to sell please bring them with you on May the 1st. Also if you have been left a loved ones estate and are overwhelmed we do run estate sales, let us step in and help you, talk to one of our dealers for more details or call the store and ask for Sue Silverman or Jim Thomas.
See you Sunday, May 1st 10-5
See you Sunday, May 1st 10-5
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
What a fun and exciting day, we had a camera man and Dave Crawley from KDKA news spend a couple hours taking pictures and information about the store. We have been planning our 45th anniversary gala on May the 1st and in preparation some of the dealers have been contacting various papers and news station. Well Carole Michaels hit the gold mine, her e-mail to KDKA got us a call from Dave Crawley. Marianne and Jim Marino's the owners of the store were able to give a interview sharing history and memories of the store. Keep watch, in a few days we will have a direct link to KDKA and we will be able to view the video.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tonight some of our wonderful dealers gave up their evening and worked hard to clean and organize the store in preparation of our 45th Anniversary Gala. After a dinner of vegetables, fish, cookies and pie everyone got hard to work sweeping and cleaning. A special thank you to Carole, Sue & Clay, Jim & Melanie, Trisha & Pete, both Kathy's (Rtl & PW) and Sue S and of course our owners Jim & Marianne. You can see Pete hard at work cleaning the store and this is after he worked the store all day, he's one of the giving dealers who always steps up to help. Please plan to stop by on May the 1st and help us and the Marino's celebrate 45 years at this wonderful historical store filled with interesting antiques and equally interesting dealers. We will have a fun filled day with food and sales and a free appraisals for your special treasures. Please come and join us for our special day.
The Friday night cleanup brought Mr. Clay to our store to help as usual. Always willing to do whatever he can to pitch in. We sure appreciate all your help. Stop by on May the 1st and meet Clay and his wife Sue and see all their wonderful antiques and take a look at Clay's forge work.
Marianne Marino co-owner of the store here with her rag and gloves working hard to get the store ready to celebrate 45 years of selling antiques. So much of the success of the store besides the antiques and the wonderful dealers has been Jim and Marianne Marino who always try to give and do their best for the store and all the dealers. They are both really nice, special people who should be very proud of their success. They were one of the first antique stores in the area and they are now one of the last. Please plan on stopping by on May the 1st and meet these two special people and shop their wonderful store.
Here's Jo-Ann working hard as usual to get her space looking it's very best. Jo-Ann has a real talent for decorating, making all her pieces look interesting and special. We appreciate that you were willing to give your time tonight and help get the store looking it's best. Stop by on May the 1st and meet Jo-Ann and take a look at her interesting mix of antiques and shabby chic.
Jim Marino owner of the store taking a break from the Friday night cleanup with two special ladies who gave up their night to help get the store sparkling and clean. Beside Jim is Kathy Sober who spend time this afternoon working to clean the store, left and than came back this evening, that's dedication and we really appreciate all the time you gave today. Also in the photo is the always sweet and extremely helpful Trisha, always one of the people we can count on.
Jim has worked so hard for 45 years to make this the best store for his dealers and his customers. He is a kind caring man, always willing to help anyone he can. Jim is differently the back bone of this store and we all owe him a large thank you for all he does. Congratulations to Jim and Marianne Marino for 45 years!
Here are three ladies who aren't afraid of hard work, they all worked really hard tonight to get the shop looking it's best for our gala. A special thanks to the cute red head in the front of the picture who has volunteered her time to plan a lot of the gala celebration and who organized the event tonight including ordering and picking up the dinner. Thanks Carole! Great job. Thank you Melanie and Sue for all your hard work tonight and always stepping up to contribute to the store.
Sue and Carole are sisters and share the business of antiques under the name of Old Friends.They have been at the store for a long time, they both love the store and love antiques and they put a lot of time and effort into their business. They have both been a valuable part of the store always willing to give their time and energy for the benefit of the store. Please stop on May the 1st and meet these special sisters.
Jim and Melanie two of the hardest working dealers in the store. Jim has also been at the store for a really long time, through good and bad times. This really special couple have been part of making and keeping this store operating at it's best. They have sold some of the best antiques and they are always the first ones to contribute their time and hard work for the best of the store. We truly appreciate all you have done now and through the years. Please stop by on May the 1st and meet this special couple and shop their booth for some wonderful treasures.
Miniature portraits were extremely expensive for the ordinary person so "Shade" portraits were a wonderful alternative. Silhouettes were originally called Profile Shades or Shadows by the English, the French coined the term La Silhouette, eventually this term stuck and carries forward to today. Antique Silhouettes may be found in 4 general forms:(1) Painted on paper, card, vellum, ivory, silk or porcelain. (2) Painted in reverse on glass. (3) Hollow cut, usually with the aid of a machine, in this process the figure is cut away from the paper, thereby leaving a negative image. (4) Cut free hand with scissors or knives than pasted to a contrasting background. The above photo is a wonderful example of a historical figure (Andrew Jackson) painted on silk.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Come peek into our front window and you will find a wonderful example of a Mission Oak three shelf trough top bookcase, circa 1920's. This bookcase is part of the Arts & Crafts movement which came to be around the turn of the century due to protest of the Victorian Era. After so many years of heavy overly decorated Victorian furniture, designers hoped to bring clean line furniture that highlighted the beauty of natural wood that would work in any home. Come shop our store and find many wonderful, beautiful pieces of oak furniture.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Spring is here! There are so many items around the Wexford General Store to help you plan for the sunshine when it finally arrives here in Pittsburgh. We have vintage furniture, benches, chairs for your porches and decks. We have crocks, planters, plant stands and so much more to decorate your outdoor spaces.
In the photo:
Is an old Country Store seed display offered by His & Hers Antiques. The wood case folds up for the salesmans portability. It is on wheels and has over 180 seed packets.
Inventory changes everyday..............so plan to stop in and enjoy the unique shopping expereience.