New Store Sells Old Collectibles

Ryla Magee holds a Winchester cigarette holder from the 1920s or 1930s at her dad’s new shop. Behind her is a bonnet chest which dates back to the 1800s. (Photo by Omar Mosleh)

Ryla Magee holds a Winchester cigarette holder from the 1920s or 1930s at her dad’s new shop. Behind her is a bonnet chest which dates back to the 1800s. (Photo by Omar Mosleh)

This is one shop where you won’t find just any old thing.

Magee’s Antiques and Appraisals has opened shop at 301 Centre St. And specializes in old, collectible items.

“We’ve got some pretty interesting items in there,” said Elton Magee, who owns the shop and runs it along with his daughter Ryla.

“A lot of the stuff is stuff I’ve collected over the years,” Magee said. “I’ve got some pretty rare stuff.”

Some of Magee’s prized items are a yellow art deco vase from 1840, as well as goblets that date back to roughly 1866.
And there’s more to come.

“We’re bringing in a really rare butter churn,” Magee said. “It looks like a five-gallon barrel.”

Magee is also proud of his collection of Depression-era glass, some dating back to 1905, as well as a bonnet chest from the 1800s.

“In the 1800s women were frowned upon if they didn’t have really white skin, because it meant they were a commoner,” Magee explained. “So they would wear bonnets to keep their skin fair and keep them in this thing that looks like a dresser, but it’s not really a dresser.”

Magee, who has a history in appraising antiques, said part of the reason he decided to open the business was to pass on the appraising torch to his daughter.

“Ryla really wanted to get more involved in antiques, to become an antique appraiser, so I said the best way to learn how to do that is get your feet wet, get involved,” he said.

Ryla, who said she enjoys researching the history behind antiques, is considering following her father’s footsteps.
“I just find the history of the items really interesting,” she said.

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