Trail’s End Antiques
by Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer
Difficult times have proven to wear on the industries that supply both necessary and unnecessary goods including those from yesteryear. Lenore and Edward Fultz are the owners of Trail’s End Antique Shop and have seen many economic downturns and high-times since they began their business over 50 years ago.
They first opened an antique shop 35 years ago in California and ran an antique show for 17 years there with 96 dealers involved. It became too much work for them and they wanted to move back to the area where Edward grew up.
They packed up the majority of their antique goods into 800 cardboard boxes, loaded it on three freight trains and came to Tazewell. They opened the local shop in July 1994 and have had their doors open ever since.
“You can tell there’s a problem with the economy. I can buy some antiques cheaper today than I could 50 years ago,” said Fultz.
The Fultzs have pinched pennies to keep the shop open everywhere they can including the installation of an energy saving air conditioning unit, turning lights off when they’re not being used, having a long-term 1/3 off sale and staying at the shop some nights to save on fuel for their car.
They are very knowledgeable about the antiques they sell and have a wide variety of solid wood antique furniture, glassware, lamps, crocks, silverware, a Tiffany grandfather clock, and countless collectibles. They contribute their business survival to doing what they love and having loyal customers.
“People have to have food but this stuff you don’t have to have. It’s a tough business, but it’s been fun and it’s treated us really well,” said Fultz.
Trail’s End Antiques is located at 3700 Dixie Highway E. in Tazewell and are open from 9-5 Monday through Friday.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Local Gas Prices