ANTIQUE BUSINESS GROWING WITH NEW SPACE
Antique business growing with new space
Jessica Peters THE PROGRESS
There are two rules Tammy and Dennis Dargatz follow when choosing furniture stock for their popular shop, Antiques By Design
First, the piece has to have good value. Timeless antiques are both well-constructed and serve a function in the home. Antiques are, after all, investments meant to last generations.
Secondly, and ultimately, it has to look good.
“We’re very visual people. It not only has to have good value, it has to look good,” Dennis says, standing among lovingly polished Mission cabinets, curvy Victorian dressers, and American craftsmen chairs. With more than 20 years' experience in buying and selling antiques, the couple has gained a solid reputation among buyers as having desirable items in stock.
They started out with a small business on Gore Avenue, where antiques were just a portion of what they carried. From there, they moved into a location at Minter Country Gardens and narrowed their focus to buying and selling Antique & Vintage Furniture. And now, they’re excited to have moved into their largest home yet — a 4,000 square foot warehouse and showroom downtown Chilliwack. They are one of the first tenants in the newly renovated building at the corner of Fletcher St. and Yale Rd., and have been there since January.
It’s the perfect location to continue growing their business, which requires a lot of space for storage of furniture as it comes in “raw” and needing refinishing, and then arrives again to be sorted, and then finally is ready for display and sale.
Every single piece is inventoried in their comprehensive website, including multiple photographs, exact dimensions, and shipping costs. And every month, they round up all their new pieces and fan out an email to their customers, who live all across North America.
Their website also includes a lively blog, keeping clients up to date on the Dargatz’s many adventures in furniture dealing, and their Facebook page offers a chance to interact as well.
With their new storefront and with all their pieces under one roof, they’re hoping to attract new local customers.
Antiques are re-gaining popularity, as young furniture buyers are coming to appreciate the lasting power of furniture constructed 150 years ago.
This is furniture to be used every day,” he says.
Antiques By Design is usually open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, however clients traveling a distance to visit the store are encouraged to call to ensure the store will be open.
The store is located at #4- 46245 Yale Road East and the owners can be reached at 604-316-1933.
Browse and even shop online at www.antiquesbydesign.com
Tammy and Dennis Dargatz, owners of Antiques By Design, have moved their store to 4-46245 Yale Rd. where everything is now all under one roof.
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