In a regular series on our blog we’re going to introduce you to our staff. With our first post, it’s only fitting we introduce you to Ron Stephenson, the owner of Vintage Depot and patriarch of the family.
How did you first get introduced into antiquing?
I’d say it runs in the family. My grandfather used to buy and trade cars and houses and farms and stuff. I started going to auctions and flea markets about 40 years ago. I set up a booth at the Springfield Flea Market and for 35 years I’ve had the same booth outside the Arts & Crafts Building.
What is your day-to-day role at the shop?
Owner. I find the merchandise, clean it, repair it, price it, and help customers.
What are your hobbies?
I guess it would be flea markets and auctions and stuff. I enjoy meeting new and different people, talking to them, and learning about other merchandise.
If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be?
I don’t know. Probably layin’ around.
What is your favorite item at the shop?
All of it. But I guess it would be the old tools because they don’t make it like that anymore. Nothing’s made in America anymore. All the new tools are cheaply made and stuff.
What one item would you like to see at the shop?
More furniture. Any kind really. We sell every piece of furniture we get. Dressers and stuff like that.
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Probably take a trip around the United States. There’s a lot of stuff to see that I haven’t seen yet. And buy a place on the beach in Florida.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Probably stay in the United States, I’d go up to New England in the fall when all the trees turn. It’s pretty up there. Or I’d probably go back down to Hollywood Beach because of the boardwalk and water taxis that take you up to Fort Lauderdale and tell you about all the big houses and who owns them. Or probably Jackson Hole. It’s is a town in Wyoming and it’s pretty up there. It’s a cowboy town. You get off the plane in the airport and walk down the steps and you don’t have to go through any metal detectors.
What’s your favorite TV show?
Probably WWE. I like wrastlin’. I’ve been watching since my brother and I were kids.
What is your fondest memory of the family?
I don’t know. Too hard too chose just because there are so many of them. Probably all the kids being born.