CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- With four antique stores, Cambridge has become known as a centerpoint for antiquers. The Cambridge Antiques Center, 30 West Main St., is a 3,500-square-foot antique store that sells items from 23 different dealers.
"There is a good turnover with that many different dealers," said store proprietor William Boylan. "That really helps in keeping the inventory changing. That's really something that our returning customers like: They are seeing a change rather than seeing the same old stale merchandise sitting around from month to month."
Established in 1998, the store has since undergone an expansion, now offering a full line of formal and country antiques, artwork, furniture and lighting.
Boylan said that when the bike race and the festivals are held in town there is an increase in the number of people in the area and business to other establishments, but not so much in the store.
"Tourists aren't necessarily antiquers," Boylan said. "We do well because there is a huge crossover between Saratoga, Manchester, Bennington and Williamstown, so we are in a nice spot for antiquers in the area. Those people discover us, then they come back because they like what they see."
The store is a cooperative between the dealers, who come from Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut to sell their findings. Each dealer rents out a showcase, so the store is organized according to the collection. Four of the dealers work part-time in the store to work toward their renting fees.
Boylan had a shop in Wallingford, Vt. prior to taking the Cambridge store over in 2004. He is also an antique dealer specializing in formal and country European antiques. "Many of the dealers I know in Vermont came here with me and have been here ever since," he said.
Some of the dealers at the store include Michael and Lucinda Seward of Pittsford, Vt. and Jeffrey Andrews of Salisbury, Vt.
The antiques center will also work with people to clear estates. It is open every day of the year except Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The antiques center is located in a building with two other antique stores: Antiques at 30B and Jack's Outback Antiques and Collectibles. Find the antiques center online at http://cambridgeantiquescenter.com/index.html.
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