Antique & Treasure Trove

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Antique & Treasure Trove

[Music] we're the owners of the antique and treasure trove and my name is kay schriefer s-c-h-r-i-e-f-e-r can you tell us a little bit more about yourself well um worked for the government for a long time my husband retired from the government after 43 years and we got interested in antiques because neither families had any antiques we started going to auctions and it gets to be a lot and so we decided to um open a business well we went into malls first and uh we've been doing it now for maybe 39 years can you tell us a little bit more about the business it's changed over the years people's interest has changed the buying public has changed the newer generation they're not interested in the older things um they like to buy things that grandma had but they don't want to use them and but it's an interesting circle that we're going through because now the young generation the real young generation is um coming back around they want the old things they don't know if their grandma had it or not but they think it's really cool and they want to use it they don't want it just to sit they want to use it and that's wonderful because most things work still today were there any obstacles to opening your business in the quad cities well i would have to say it was our own problem we first our first uh storefront was out of east moline and we were not from east moline we were born in davenport came over here and had lived here for 30 years when we opened our business and um east moline is a is a small town i don't mean small i mean a very close town at that time and um that was early 90s 91 92. they had just finished the streets and and the uh everything was just beautiful and we thought that's where we want to go so the next thing you know we we got a little building out in cordova and we were there eight years loved it and built quite a nice business there and then my husband became ill and um i couldn't leave him at home and go up there that's 40 miles back and forth so we opened up a little store that was just next door here at that time in 2001 he received a heart transplant and we had the opportunity to move here uh in 2002 we've been here ever since so discussing your business in the qc how has opening it impacted your life overall changed it completely how so well you have to get up every single day whether you want to or not you have to work on saturdays we've tried sundays we've tried holidays a lot of your friends don't understand what you're doing and they're not interested we don't play golf we don't do this we don't do that you know we don't have a boat so interest change and so we became very very close and we just had a ball just the two of us we became involved in politics and uh we didn't we enjoyed that very active in politics here in rockhampton county and that took up some of our time we had church took a lot of time made a lot of good friends uh the older you got the more you didn't realize that the older generation wants to get rid of their things they don't want to buy more things so we have a lot of their things in here what wanted you to get into the antique business in the first place what made you want to do this an over packed basement my mom would say the same thing well it got to be you know we we had such good times going to auctions because we wanted just that one thing and we ended up with all this well okay what are you gonna do with it well we packed it up in boxes and it went downstairs but we took out the things that we wanted and we used them because they were things that we had grown up with but didn't get and so the basement got full and then we had the garage and it got full and so we started just going to the different malls and decided that we'd go to an antique mall and start getting rid of our things and we were successful we were successful in some of the malls but we learned by the way they did things in the mall the way we wanted to do it you know we've had beautiful dealers nice dealers very nice dealers and they didn't steal from us they didn't you know they were just very very nice dealers we're down quite a bit right now because of well people age and they can't do it anymore and a lot of people look at me and say why the hell are you doing it well because i love it and i love people and i love to see happy faces when they grab their their package and run out the front door was this a tough industry to break into the antique industry we just had to really study and and that's we did we have an entire library with books just to learn about things that we knew nothing about none of our family had them and as the older you get you wonder nothing is dated or you don't know anything about it so you have to go back and do your research and that's part of the fun how do you determine what you want to sell in your own shop like what you buy and store here i don't buy anymore but i just opened up a box and i think well and sometimes i'm looking for something for someone and i have an idea where it might be and lo and behold i discover something else and i might have not found that but then something else comes in also a lot of it determines what people are asking for right now they're asking for divided dishes because they're entertaining a lot at home and the younger generation is actually buying glassware for orange juice for anything just to perk themselves up a little bit they're kind of tired of plastic it's nice to sell something to someone that has never had that particular item before are you pretty active within the quad cities do you have like a favorite area to go or like are you a part of a local community within the quad cities um i'm just with the downtown merchants sure and church sure and um i have backed off my husband passed away in 2019 but he had that new heart for 18 and a half years and we were very blessed by god what do you wish someone had told you before starting a business be surprised be surprised how so everything at that time was a surprise i mean people complained because it was too much or oh well it's not and just it was always a surprise i didn't shop like that and when we would go into an antique mall we never found criticism that was a surprise people's attitude when we first started we were new we were new antique dealers and i don't think people well there were so many older antique dealers when i say older not age-wise but experienced they either learn from their parents or whatever and so we were the new new kids on the block and uh it took some it took some doing to prove that we knew what we were talking about do you have any advice for new or aspiring entrepreneurs within the quest if you want to do it and can do it do it people are wanting new things and there's a lot of different new businesses coming up and i think it's just wonderful and it's by young people and you wonder where they get their money but it really doesn't matter that's their business but just do it if you feel that you can do it and you have the energy and the fortitude just do it

[Music] we're the owner of the antique and treasure trove and my name is kay schriefer s-c-h-r-i-e-f-e-r can you tell us a little bit more about yourself well i worked for the government for a long time my husband retired from the government after 43 years and we got interested in antiques because neither families had any antiques we started going to auctions and it gets to be a lot can you tell us a little bit more about the business um it's changed over the years people's interest has changed the buying public has changed the newer generation they're not interested in the older things they want the old things they don't know if their grandma had it or not but they think it's really cool and they want to use it they don't want it just to sit they want to use it and that's wonderful because most things work still today do you have any advice for new or aspiring entrepreneurs within the quad do it if you want to do it and can do it do it people are wanting new things and there's a lot of different new businesses coming up and i think it's just wonderful and it's by young people and you wonder where they get their money but it really doesn't matter that's their business but just do it if you feel that you can do it and you have the energy and the fortitude just do it thank you

Kay Schriefer is an extremely sweet lady who runs Antique & Treasure Troves. She started the business with her husband, who has since passed away.

A lot of people couldn’t understand her fascination with selling antiques. I think that happens a lot in life. People don’t understand why you do something so they try to sway you from doing it.

She explained to us that if there is something we want to do in life, then we should go for it. Too many people have great ideas and do not act on them for one reason or another.

She gave us a lot of good life advice, but what stands out the most about Kay is her ability to make you smile. Words cannot explain what I mean, you will just have to watch the interview to see for yourself.

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