Raymond Trice Co. Antiques
• Raymond Trice Co. Antiques is full of goodies.
The five women who run it – Sandra Ballard, Nancy Bradley, Nell Hill, Lynda Johnson and Ruth Stanford – say they have customers from all over the world who peruse the corners of the antique mall looking for treasures. Even Elvis Presley tourists show up.
“We sell everything from pocket knives to thimbles to a mule-drawn hayrake,” Hill said.
And, to the women’s surprise, they have almost as many male customers as female customers.
The store opened in 2000 and moved into the current location in Verona in 2002. The business has five equal partners so each woman works one day a week and every fifth weekend.
For many of the women, this is their second career.
“We’re just five antique ladies running an antique store,” quipped Johnson.
And they do everything associated with running the store.
“We are very strong ladies,” Stanford said. “We do all our own loading. Sometimes men stand by and watch us because they can’t believe we’re going to do it.”
The store has 25 dealers who rent space in the mall. The owners divide the other booths among themselves.
The most popular items are things that are read, dishes, farm tables, stained glass windows, old doors and mantles, old fishing lures, cast iron cookware and linens.
The women also buy antiques from the public, but they don’t buy sewing machines or pianos.
“Usually, it’s people cleaning out their grandmother’s home,” Ballard said. “They keep the furniture but bring us the odds and ends.”
– Carlie Kollath
Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal