Days Gone By Antiques and Uniques is a store that started with an idea dreamed up by the owner’s husband.
Even after her husband, Allen, died in a work-related accident, Victoria Green decided that the dream he and his family had of running their own antiques business still needed to come to life.
“This was kind of a tribute to him,” Green said, gesturing to the store’s main floor. “It kind of helped my family with the transition of losing him.”
Located at 92 Oak St. S.W., just off Inman Street, the store offers a variety of antique items as well as works by local artists. In addition to inventory purchased from things like estate sales, the store also offers space for people to offer their items for sale by renting a booth in the store or putting them on consignment.
The store opened in March and occupied the nearly 4,000-square-foot building that was last home to Lamb’s Furniture Gallery. Green runs the store with her mother Edith Davis and sister Sonya Davis.
Before the store could open, Green said she and her family spent three months renovating the space, adding things like new paint to spruce up the walls.
“It’s been empty for quite a number of years,” Green said.
The space consists of a large downstairs area and a slightly smaller upstairs area. The downstairs provides space to display the store’s inventory and items on consignment as well as all the store’s current booth vendors. For now, the upstairs is home to clothing items that are on consignment. Green said the upstairs still needs renovation, and she hopes to create more space for booths there.
Some of the space is set up into room vignettes to see how certain themed items can be grouped together. The store currently has a “Victorian room” and a “Cowboy and Indian room,” among others.
The store’s inventory features a wide variety of things, including antique dolls, hard-to-find china, sturdy furniture, jewelry and many other items.
Sonya said they try to find items that are “unique” and “good, solid pieces.” Both sisters said that whenever they consider buying an item for the store or putting one on consignment, they make sure it is in good condition before allowing it to be sold. In the case of electronic items like antique kitchen appliances, they said they also plug the items in to see that they work.
“We haven’t had to turn anything away so far,” Sonya said.
If the store does not have an item a customer is looking for, Green said they can sign up for Days Gone By’s “needs and wants list.” She said they will notify each customer when items meeting the description of what they want become available.
As for the vendors, Green said she also considered herself an artist and understood what it was like to get started as one. She said she hoped the booth space would offer some of them a “hand up” and make people more aware of their work.
The sisters said the store has so far seen success since its opening day. Though they did not do any advertising before then, they said people kept driving by to see when they would open.
“For the first month, we were slammed,” Sonya said. “And everyone who comes in says they love our store.”
Days Gone By offers 10-by-10 foot booth spaces for people wanting to sell antiques or artwork on the main floor for $150 per month. Green said any future booth space upstairs would likely go for a lower rate because of the “inconvenience” of having to walk up the steps. The vendor prices the items they sell, and store employees ring up the sales.
She added that the store does not charge any sort of commission on top of the monthly booth rental fee. However, items brought to the store to sell on consignment are subject to a 50 percent commission on the price of whatever is sold.
The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 618-4168, or find the store on Facebook.