Buying, selling, trading antiques, coins, & firearms

Posted November 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

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An early 1900s Southeast Asia Dowry Chest.

A Professor’s 1870s Murphy Bed Oak Cabinet.

A Lion’s Head gold and diamond ring.

Each antique has its own story — some are lost in history and others continue with the item as it’s passed down from generation to generation or sold in the estate and fine collectables world.

Akron Gold & Silver, located at 120 Reed St., contains a plethora of area historical antiques, fine collectables, coins and firearms.

Owners Roger and Angela Price opened their business five years ago as part of their “retirement” planning.

“I don’t see myself ever retiring,” said Angela. “I’m not a person who retires.”

As they began a slower life pace, they chose an antique shop.

“Antiques have always been a hobby,” said Angela. “I’ve been involved in it since my grandparents took me to auction back when I was pre-teen.”

“We still own our insurance business but as you age, you just adjust,” she said. “Do more of what you enjoy doing.”

“My business model is different than a lot of other people’s,” said Angela. “Traditional antique shops rent booths and charge a percentage for what an item sells in that store.”

“I don’t do any of that,” she said. “If I like an item, I buy it outright and then resell it.”

“It keeps the store cleaner,” Angela explained. “It keeps the junk out and it eliminates drama because I alone control what comes in and is sitting on the shelves.”

“What I sell is what I personally like,” she said. “Things that were actually handmade, not mass-produced — actual pottery, paintings, woodwork and stained glass — things that took a skill, a craftsman to make.”

“I enjoy seeing how collectables are constructed,” said Angela, noting she prefers older Victorian Era items. “It’s so interesting to see how someone put a a quilt together, how a doll was made or how a piece of furniture was built. I like the learning aspect of it, too.” You’re learning about how different industries and products changed over time.”

The dowry chest is one of her favorite pieces in her shop at this time.

“Basically, it’s their version of our hope chest,” said Angela, explaining the front panel comes off. “The bride put all of her keepsakes in there and the groom sent his two men down to bring it to his home.”

She’s had this piece for over two years and that’s okay with her.

“It’s okay to be the caretaker of some really nice pieces until it gets into the right hands,” said Angela, explaining she doesn’t buy most painted wood items even though they are very popular right now.

She’ll leave repurposed items for other sellers as well as most glass and dinnerware because it doesn’t sell now.

“The more unusual an item, the more interesting people find it,” said Angela, who advises people to not buy antiques as investments — buy them because they like them.

“Values on antiques can change all the time,” she said. “There are plenty of things people thought back in the 1960s would be worth something in time and it’s not worth anything.”

While Angela enjoys antiques and fine collectables, Roger’s passion is coin collecting and firearms.

Akron Gold & Silver is a fine antiques and estate collectables business and is open six days a week.

Just stop by or call 712-568-GOLD (4653).

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