MEET THE STAFF

  • MEET THE STAFF: CHRIS

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    In our regular series we’re going to introduce you another vital member of our staff, Ron’s son-in-law Chris.

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing? My father in-law, Ron. I started to going to auctions with him and helping him set up at flea markets and I got interested in it. I thought it was a neat way to make extra money.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop? I just help set up and get things organized for the girls.

    What are your hobbies? I like going to auctions to see the neat and interesting stuff. And they’re always different. I like watching baseball and college football.

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be? I don’t know. Probably at home doing nothing. Waiting for the next auction I guess.

    What is the coolest thing at the shop? Old farm machinery that we have. It’s just the way they did things back then.

    What one item would you like to see at the shop? Probably more industrial stuff: table, chairs, light fixtures. Because more people are interested into that stuff.

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? I don’t know. I have no idea. I guess spend some of it. I can’t even think what I would spend on it first. I don’t have it in my hand. I’d pay the mortgage off. That would be the biggest thing.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I probably stay in the US. I’d go to Alaska to see what it’s like. See if it’s anything like it is on TV. The other countries just don’t interest me.

    What’s your favorite TV show? Ax-Men. It’s just people outside working.

    What is your fondest memory of Ron?  (laughs out loud) I don’t know about that. I don’t know. I guess everyday is different with him. He’s just…what he says and what he does is different everyday.

  • MEET THE STAFF: MADDY

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    Our third post to meet the staff will introduce you to Ron’s great-granddaughter: Maddy. She loves helping out in Springfield’s best antique store in her spare time.

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing?
    When I was about two years old my grandma took me to flea markets. I started selling my own stuff when I was like seven year old.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop?
    To dance around and entertain the costumers and staff. It usually drives my aunt crazy (:

    What are your hobbies?
    Dancing and singing and telling knock knock jokes (:

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be?
    At my dance studio / my home (: I’m there 24/7! Its like I live there!!

    What is your favorite item at the shop?
    These really cool vintage roller skates!! I put them on and skate around all the time!!

    What one item would you like to see at the shop?
    I’d like to see some really cool pointe shoe or some leotard from like the first Nutcracker or something from Broadway. That’d be REALLY cool!!!

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
    I would take A LOT of dance classes and take my whole family to New York to watch Broadway shows!!!

    What’s your favorite TV show?
    Glee. The dancers and singers are amazing.

    What is your fondest memory of Ron?
    All the time when we’re at the store he goes outside and calls and pretends to be a costumer. One time he called and asked if we have lawnmowers and I ran outside to ask him and he was just sitting there laughing.

  • MEET THE STAFF : TRACI

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    In a regular series on our blog we’re going to introduce you to our staff. With second post, you’ll meet the owner’s oldest daughter: Traci. 

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing? 
    My dad. About twenty years ago I started setting up with him at the Springfield Flea Market. I had two kids on my own and needed the additional income.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop? 
    I manage the finances, pay the bills, cash people out, decorate the shop and make sure it’s clean.

    What are your hobbies? 
    I spend my time with my granddaughter at the Ohio Performing Arts Institute (OPAI) dance studio, where I help out with the costuming for all of the shows, and at the shop.

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be? 
    At OPAI or relaxing at home.

    What is your favorite item at the shop? 
    Right now? A new dress form we just got in. It’s old, stylish, and a blank canvas to dress it up anyway you want.

    What one item would you like to see at the shop? 
    We have such a great mix already that you can find just about anything. I’d say a diamond in the rough. Something worth a lot!

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? 
    Pay off my bills. Buy a house out in the country (that has city water!).

    What’s your favorite TV show? 
    Survivor. You never know what’s going to happen next.

    What is your fondest memory of Ron? 
    Spending the week in the farmers field in Kentucky at the 127 Garage Sale.

  • MEET THE STAFF : RON

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    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.