Discover Antiques in Tyler, TX
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Looking for a stuffed buffalo head for that special spot over the fireplace? Or maybe your heart’s set on an antique Chinese porcelain bowl? Or perhaps a vintage Port-o-Potty? Don’t worry – you’re bound to find it in one of Tyler’s many antique stores. As the world gets more high-tech and complicated, say antiques dealers, many people are finding that relics of the past -- ours or others’ – are comforting reminders of a less hurried lifestyle. And they’re finding plenty of those relics in Tyler.
“I think there is something about the past,” says Sandra Herring, manager of Ye Olde City Antique Mall. “People are looking for a simpler way of life. We have men, women, the elderly come in, and in the past few years we have seen more youth. College kids come in looking for old hats and scarves and retro furniture.”
Ye Olde City’s growing popularity prompted an expansion in 2012. Now, 70 dealers operate in the mall and the adjacent Ye Olde City Flea Market. Both contain an astonishing array of items, from the purely funky to the exquisitely rare.
“We have such a wide variety of things, from high-end items like old English barley twist furniture to Norman Rockwell prints, Avon bottles and other collectibles,” Herring says. “Our most popular items are probably Byrd pottery from East Texas, antique toys, stained glass and World War I and II and Civil War items.” Other popular collectibles include quilts, vintage linens and old religious paintings and prints.
Tyler High-End Antiques
Kings Cross Antiques emphasizes high-end antique furniture, accessories and lighting from England, France and Italy. Antiques and Uniques on Vine Street carries French and English antiques and mid-century modern pieces, but specializes in lighting repair and accessories. And at Ruelle’s, husband-and-wife team Gene and Deb Ruelle can expertly repair, restore and re-cane just about any antique that comes their way.
Antiques have been a living for Harry L. Caserta Jr. since the 1980s, when he took over his family's London Shop Antiques. The shop, which concentrates on fine English and French antiques, rugs, lamps, antique porcelain and other accessories, has found Tyler a great place to do business.
“There are wonderful people here in Tyler,” Caserta says. “And every weekend we are blessed to have people visiting from all over the country.”
Downtown Tyler has a special importance for Robert Powell, co-owner of Ye Olde City Antique Mall too.
"We chose to locate our business in downtown Tyler because we believe that renewal of our central city areas is important if Tyler is to become a city that attracts tourists as well as attract its own citizenry to the downtown area, as a way to enjoy the beauty and charm of Tyler," Powell says. "The downtown of a city is what makes the city."
The variety of shopping experiences also makes Tyler a special destination, says Jana Jamison, a self-professed fan of “things that are made by hand, and things that have a story.”
“With what’s here, you can definitely spend a whole weekend in Tyler exploring.”
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