Joy Cadarette and Sharon Beauchesne are old friends, they are opening a store in an old building where they will sell old things. But the idea of starting a new antique store together in Concord was born, when just three weeks ago, they discovered that the location of 208 North Main Street was for sale.
Antiques & Estates at 208, will present works of art, furniture and household items, artfully arranged in Beauchesne paintings. The store, which opened on September 1, smells of balsam fir and lavender, spilling out of open barrels of what customers can buy by the cup.
The items for sale will come from antiques and estate sales. Both owners say their long-standing knowledge of where to find unique, high-quality products and their existing dealer relationships will help them create an eclectic mix of products.
“Not all of our secrets can be revealed. If we told you, we would have to shoot you, ”Beauchesne said.
Prices will range from affordable to high – from $ 5 to $ 5,000 for an item.
“We mix and match from the very formal to the very simple and let people realize that anything can mix,” Beauchesne said. “You don’t need to have a theme.”
Cadarette and Beauchesne, both 69 years old, are former managers of Concord Antiques and have several years of experience in the antiques industry. Cadarette began to bid at auction from his childhood with two districts, while accompanying his parents antiques. She bought her first item at the age of 7 – a Bible box from an early church.
As a teenager, Beauchesne spent her pocket money on antiques. She remembers buying a wicker baby basket with the money she received for her 16th birthday.
Each has their own specialties when it comes to business. Beauchesne has a knack for interior design and enjoys repainting and repainting, while Cadarette has a background in fine arts and knows how to dig into researching the history and value of different antiques.
“We’re best friends,” Cadarette said.
“Our tastes are different, but our love for the old and the unique,” Beauchesne said.
“It’s our passion,” said Cadarette, finishing her sentence.
Neither is too concerned about diminishing interest in antiques as their typical customer ages. They believe younger buyers will be drawn to old furniture for its durability and durability, avoiding cheaper modern alternatives that break quickly.
“Younger people seem to love the refitted, repainted and recycled, for lack of a better word,” Cadarette said. They plan to honor this eco-friendly attitude, in part by handing out paper bags instead of plastic to customers.
The building at 208 North Main Street was constructed in 1941 and housed the Mamos Market, where Cadarette said she bought cigarettes as a teenager.
The two women want customers to know that Antiques & Estates at 208 has something for everyone to enjoy.
“Come in and experience something a little unique in the Concord area. Not just knickknacks, but interior design, ”Beauchesne said.
“Come in and create a new lifestyle for yourself,” Cadarette said.