Eyeing the Past
• Location: 1936 Commercial Drive, Fort Myers.
• Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
• Contact: Call 275-8885 or visit www.eyeingthepast.com
• What: Holiday Extravaganza.
• When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Talking shop with Peddy Moran, co-owner with Margaret Gartner of Eyeing the Past in Fort Myers.
When did Eyeing the Past open?
We have been in business for 12 years and at this location, across from the Edison Mall, for 6 years. We moved one block south of where we were to this building which is much bigger and two stories. Each floor is 4,800 square feet. We use the upstairs mainly for overflow. We buy estates and we make house calls so anything we buy goes upstairs. We rent the space downstairs and have more than 50 vendors.
What do you sell?
Eyeing the Past is an antique and collectible multi-dealer shop. We sell vintage and distressed painted furniture, costume jewelry, linens, hats, gloves, purses, vintage clothing, knives, glassware, pocket watches, perfume bottles, tools, fishing lures, chandeliers and lamps, depression glass, record albums, sports memorabilia and coins.
What do you have for the holidays?
We are having a huge Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have an old-fashioned scavenger hunt with mystery prizes, a drawing every 30 minutes and free refreshments.
What classes do you offer?
On Dec. 7, we will teach how to decorate for the holidays with a tomato cage Christmas tree and hurricane candle globes. Each class costs $25 or $40 for both. We have classes of all kinds from distressed furniture painting to chalkboard painting, jewelry making and stained glass. The people like taking the classes and like the entertainment and sociability as well.
How did you get started in antiquing?
We were collectors. What happens, I believe, is you are a collector and you have all this stuff and what are you gonna do with it? The next thing you know, you are in business.
What are your most popular items?
The painted furniture is huge, costume jewelry, vintage hats and clothing and chandeliers.
How is your business doing with the economy?
It is definitely better for us. We already know the snowbirds are here. We have a lot of repeat customers and we build good friendships with them.
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