June 16, 2024
Antiquing is not what it was 20 years ago, but interest has peaked

Amber Waterhouse of Waterhouse, an antique and decor retailer in Hingham, begun antiquing although in high school in the early 1980s. She would just take journeys to browse for antiques with her mother, and her grandparents’ affinity for them was an included bonus.

“(I adore) that (antiques are) handmade, the high quality of craftsmanship, the components they use, the complete… the layout…beautifully, thoughtfully designed pieces,” Waterhouse stated.

The hunt is element of the enjoyable and the historical past is enriching for avid antiquers. But the scene in the South Shore has shifted above the many years.

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About 20 decades in the past, the South Shore was an antique hub, according to Tony Venuto, spouse at Bridge Antiques in Weymouth, who has been antiquing for around 40 many years. He recalled the times when sellers would make rounds at the South Shore antique outlets. 

Antique dealer Tony Venuto explains the details of this vintage Handel-type lamp at Bridge Antiques in North Weymouth, Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

“They would have a route, they’d do 3A and they’d quit at all the retailers,” Venuto explained.

Waterhouse claimed when she was in large faculty there were 5 or 6 antique merchants for each city. When the current market took a hit in 2008, so did antiquing, she said. She sells a mix of antiques and modern artwork and property decor. 

“But the market’s surely turning all over and just simply because decorators are starting off to incorporate a lot more antiques into their models and mixing factors and that is been coming on for… five or 6 years,” Waterhouse mentioned.