Paula Dusenberry and Eloda Watson know they’re addicted, but they’re not ready to stop — shopping, that is. “Everybody else takes drugs, we go buy something else,” says Watson with a chuckle. Owners of ComeOnIn Antiques, a shop that specializes in unique vintage finds, the mother-daughter duo uses their vice for the benefit of antique lovers worldwide. And thankfully for those shoppers, they’re having way too much fun to stop.
And there’s more: A glance reveals a stuffed duck, a basket of cannon balls, a plethora of rotary dial phones, a wooden wheelchair, a set of dental veneers, and the perfect gift for the person who has everything: a jumpsuit advertising something about “Paul for Poultry.”
Not surprisingly, it all began with a love of antiques. Watson began selling off the extras in her personal collection, which led to antique shows, a bunch of booths and a desire to do more. “We decided that we needed a store of our own,” says Dusenberry, who got involved in the business while in college. “I added up what we were paying in booth rent, and decided really quickly that we could definitely do that.”
And do that they have. The pair has now owned and operated the antique shop fronting U.S. 60 at Seymour for 15 years, which has given them ample opportunity to learn a thing or two about the industry. After all, dealing in antiques is more than just buying any and all old stuff out there.
“You have to keep up on the trends,” says Dusenberry, who says she often browses through magazines and Pinterest, an online inspiration tool, for ideas. “You have to see what the looks are that everybody is decorating with.” From her vantage point, Dusenberry predicts that industrial style is up next. “They’re already pretty prevalent on the East and West Coasts and a lot of things I’m seeing are metal and wood,” she says, listing lockers and stools as some of the hot new items to look for.
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That’s different from when they first started, when high-end antiques, such as Depression glass, were all the rage. And it’s also different than now, when “the trend is ‘decorate your home the way you love’ so everything goes,” says Dusenberry, who notes that personalization is key. “Everybody is into crafts,” she says, “so they can come here and find everything they need to make their project their own.”