Sourcing antiques and collectibles and showcasing eclectic items that can be repurposed are the key strategies of Green Peak Elements, which opened in early September on Main Street in Manchester Center.
Proprietor Brad Andres focuses on artifacts emerging from industrial and agricultural worlds and those with “interesting elements.”
“This can mean artwork, primitives, agricultural objects and things of interest to decorators,” said Andres. In addition to browsing among items in the 800-square-foot store, people can conduct business with him on Etsy.com and on eBay.com.
“We’ve had a great reception,” he said. “People are interested in eclectic collectibles and home décor items.” he said, Interest has come from dealers, interior designers and collectors alike. Of special note, he said, is a display of floor and table lamps, “industrial-style lighting made locally. They’re very interesting pieces.”
How does he source items? “I drive around to farms and auctions. I’m a picker,” he said, adding that he had done this over the years as a hobby.
Items sell in his store for a few dollars and up to $500 for artwork. His children, who sometimes work with him, are interested in picking and collecting too, he said. Sometimes, he will purchase entire collections of objects and architectural elements from old buildings that are being dismantled.
“I certainly can find things for people. When I have customer requests, I’ll be out on the road and find items for them,” he said. His territory spans New York and New England.
“We do a lot of what we call repurposing: taking found objects such as a rusty old valve and making things out of them,” he said.
Green Peak Elements is located at 4935 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255. The telephone number is 802.362.1733; the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except for Tuesdays.MORE IN Battenkill Business Briefs
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