It’s safe to say that Barry MacLeod has eclectic taste when it comes to vintage items. He’s been collecting pieces for over a year now and has a pretty impressive assortment.
His collection is so large, that he decided to start his own antique business in Pierre – The Used Stuff Store – which opened its doors on Oct. 6.
MacLeod currently works as a sales consultant at Wegner Auto Miracle Motors and will run the store with the help of his sister, Jo-Ann Cameron.
“I’ve been in sales pretty much all of my life in one way or another,” he said. “I enjoy the buying and the selling process.”
From farm auctions to estate sales, MacLeod has purchased his items from all over. He often prices the antiques by seeing what they sell for at auctions and then brings them back to store in the homes and garages of willing family members.
Now that he has a more spacious venue, MacLeod can display the old-fashioned objects in all of their glory. Upon entering the store, one will see a plethora of Coca-Cola, Campbell’s Soup and Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
Depression glass adorns several tables, and each wall is decorated with artwork and antique furniture. Figurines, kitchenware, toys and other historic gems are sprinkled throughout the store. A collection of guitars sits across from a Harley Davidson telephone that revs its engine when the phone rings.
MacLeod’s favorite part of antiquing is going out to sales and auctions and finding new, or rather old, fascinating pieces of the past.
“The idea is not to try to make a fortune on everything,” he said. “That’s not why I’m here. I want to sell them so I can go get more.”
The history behind each object intrigues MacLeod, and he likes to think about the story each item could tell, such as a child’s tool chest he has, dating back to about 1890.
“I look at stuff like that and I think, ‘Yeah it’s here in the store now, but from 1890 to 2012 that’s 122 years. I wonder how many generations of kids’ hands that went through.”
Whether young or old, patrons of the Used Stuff Store are likely to find something that interests them – from a handmade dollhouse to a Duncan Phyfe dining set.
MacLeod said that customers will be able to join an email list, so that he can update patrons on current items in the shop.
The store is located on Pierre Street, and hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, check out The Used Stuff Store’s website: www.theusedstuffstore.net or find it on Facebook.