Kim and Mark Smith head up Antiques on Main and bring more than 22 years of experience.
“I love antiques; (I’m) totally am into hand made items too,” said co-owner Mark Smith. “What’s special about antiques is that you can buy items and use it, stuff you can’t find in a big box store.”
“I like character in the items,” said Kim Smith. “I like seeing pieces that you can use.”
Both are familiar with Elkin.
“Elkin has a great downtown, especially with its location,” stated Kim. “I grew up my whole life in Surry County and lived and went to school in neighboring Dobson.”
“I grew up in a tobacco farm in Benham,” said Mark. “I’ve spend plenty of time in Elkin. It’s a great city and we love the people and downtown community.”
The couple admits that it can be a difficult business, especially in today’s economy.
“We’re here though. We’re making the investment, and we’re staying for the long haul,” said the couple.
The business owners have already began to sub out the shop to local antique dealers who rent booths in the store.
“Doing so brings variety,” said Kim. “Not everyone likes pieces that I like. Now they have options.”
The couple has experience ‘picking’ too, an antique term given to dealers who shop an pick items of interest. One such item is a dresser from the 1830s, a mahogany piece with extreme craftsmanship and dove tails.
Items are being shipped into the store gradually, informed the owners.
A prized personal possession to the Smith’s is a wooden sugar firkin, a tool used by bakers of the 1700’s. The item was picked in Virgina.
“It’s a primitive measuring device for bakers,” said Mark.
When asked how you would make use of the item today, a grin-filled Mark responded, “You set it on your window as a decoration and look at it.”
Antiques on Main is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Sunday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.