SEBRING - Sebring Antiques & Vintage Jewelry will be holding an open house Nov. 10-11 with door prizes and 20 percent off jewelry and antiques.
Customers can also register for door prizes to be given away over the weekend.
The family-run store opened on Oct. 5 and is located at 236 N. 15th St. in Sebring.
Marisa and Roy Fink operate the business and it is loaded with thousands of pieces of antique costume jewelry, Fenton glass pieces, sterling silver items, vintage signs and "a lot of collectibles, advertising and lighting," Roy Fink said, adding there are also Civil War-era items.
Marisa said, "We probably have the largest selection of anyone in the area. I can assure you, no one has as much jewelry."
She is talking about the Youngstown-Warren and Akron Canton areas.
"We know, because we've checked them out," she said.
Roy, who was born in Salem, said they've only been open a month but have already switched it around many times. This is his first antique store since he lived in Georgia 20 years ago.
"I guess I wanted a place where we could have unique stuff and I bring new stuff in here every day," he said, explaining that he's been a "picker" since he was five-years-old and his father would take him to houses under FHA contract that were vacated.
"I would go with him on cleanups and go inside in the attics and that's when I started picking ... when I was five ... I wouldn't go to school, I would go with dad, that's where I got my 'sick' obsession with junk," he said.
He explained that he will pick for people.
"People come in and ask," he said recalling several customers who mentioned that they liked elephants.
"I bought a complete collection out," he said, adding there was another man who liked pocket watches.
"We have stuff from the 1700s," Marisa said pointing to a very rare Delf jar.
Roy said he also seeks out estate sales and private collections for vintage items and older pieces. There is a large Ballentine Ale and Beer sign (purity, body, flavor inside three rings) high up on the back wall and an elk foot lamp for someone looking for different approach to lighting.
Sebring Antiques & Vintage Jewelry also caters to the local collectible crowd looking for postcards and other items from this area.
For example, there are two light brown coffee cups with the Quaker Coffee Shop label on them that were made in East Liverpool.
"I really look for local stuff," Roy said, "I always pick it up because I know there's a good market around for this stuff."
Marisa, who is a Huntsville, Ala., native, said, "We get stuff from all over the area."
The Finks work with their 12-year-old home-schooled son, Fink, who has the caught the picking fever.
"It's in his blood," his father said, "when I bring boxes home he's the first one in them."
The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; and holiday hours will be extended.
For more information visit Sebring Antiques on Facebook, or call 330-938-6700.
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