Time To Go Antiquing

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By Scott E. Kinney, Atlantic News Staff Writer

Atlantic News, Friday, October 5, 2007

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News ]

SEACOAST -- Let's say you're looking for a unique piece of furniture that you've not been able to find, or perhaps you are just attempting to replace that teacup from Grandma's china that you broke during the last move.

Either way, you need to get out and hit the antique stores. The often-overlooked tradition of antiquing can provide a wealth of treasures that just can't be found elsewhere. And the Seacoast is host to more great antique shops than you can shake a stick at.

There is more than just a great find tucked away in some corner. There is also the sense of adventure of what you might find around every bend.

The Seacoast area's antique shops offer a wide variety of beautifully crafted, well-made, and downright unique items to create a look in your home that will be the envy of friends and neighbors.

So c'mon. Let's go antiquing.

H.G. Webber

Walking through the barn at H.G. Webber is akin to stepping into the surreal. One never knows just what they'll find as the turn through the numerous items offered. A pristine roll-top desk, a carousel piece in the shape of an ostrich or a big, beautiful antique clock is just a small sample of what can be found there.

Ultimately, the business focuses on fine furniture of the highest quality, said owner Harvey Webber, who is now the third generation to keep the antique business going.

H.G. Webber is the home of several pieces of fine furniture, music boxes and clocks.

"I love clocks," Webber said. "We have somewhere between 50 and 60 clocks. I even fix them." Clock repair more for the love of clocks than for profit, he said.

"I don't like to overcharge," Webber added.

And there also items not to be found elsewhere.

"You're not going to find an old Coke machine just anywhere," said Webber.

The business also regularly hosts auctions, much to the benefit of those in attendance.

"We have fun out there," he said.

Today's antique market has forced Webber to increase the quality of his products, which for the consumer is a good thing.

"There's old and there's quality and old," said Webber. "My father always said, 'You buy for quality, not price.'"

That same market makes it an ideal time for those who love antiques and fine quality goods to get out there and buy.

"It's a buyer's market right now," he said. "You'll never see things as cheap as they are now."

H.G. Webber Antiques is located at 495 Lafayette Road in Hampton.

Little Vintage Shop

New to the Seacoast is the Little Vintage Shop. Located in historic downtown Hampton, the shop offers items that are vintage, collectible, just plain fun or all three at the same time.

Among the items offered at the Little Vintage Shop are classic toys, furnishings, jewelry, old wall hangings and other items that make customer's say, "This is neat."

Despite being merely 850 square feet in size, the little store is chock full of vendors -- 12 in all -- that offer up numerous items.

Owner Beverly Stoughton said that often folks will enter her door looking for that unique item to finish off a room.

She espoused to the benefits of buying antique and vintage items rather than new.

"This is a very 'green' business," she said. "These things are all recycled. They're made either here or in Europe and they're of really fine craftsmanship. You know they're going to last."

The Little Vintage Shop -- the new kid on the block of all things old -- is located at 17 High Street in Hampton.

And that is just a very small sample of the numerous and plentiful bounty that is to be harvested in the land of Seacoast antiques. There are antique shops around every corner and along a number of these old New England roads. So go out and explore. Happy hunting!

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