Wild Rivers Antiques and Gifts in Harbor is up and running — the result of four vendors who sought to fill a gap after the owners of Pacific Coast Antiques retired and closed their doors.
The partners — Dan Borges, Martha Vanderzanden, Rosemary Farcello and Gail Mentzer — celebrated their grand opening in late October, although the store has been open since June. The store is located at 16218-B West Hoffeldt Lane.
“We were able to get this building at a reasonable price, and we had a list of vendors, so Martha called vendors to see if they would commit to a new space. The demand was incredible,” Borge said.
The owners, while maintaining an antique mall that rents space to outside vendors, also offers their own antiques, an eclectic choice of gifts and new products. The owners don’t take consignments, “But we will buy items to resell if they meet our criteria,” Vanderzanden said.
The store features 17 vendors, each with their own niche.
“For example, all Linda Segal does is jewelry, and though she still buys, she generally works from a massive collection,” Borge said.
Farcello sells items as she downsizes after years of traveling the world.
“And Gail and her husband repurpose and refurbish furniture. It’s not high-end stuff, but it’s cool,” Vanderzanden said.
On a recent Saturday, Sharon Roberts sorted comic books while other vendors stocked and straightened their areas. Each vendor has their own section. One section includes nick-knacks and small items. Another section features furniture and home furnishings, and another has neon lights. One section has yard art.
According to Vanderzanden, moral is high and the vendors seem happy to promote their space and work their shifts. Most sell at Wild Rivers as a hobby or to supplement their income.
Borge is the lone partner and vendor who sells antiques as his sole income. He has a long career in antiques, going back to refinishing and reselling furniture with his parents.
“I shop a lot: dealers, auctions, estate sales. I sell and buy, and I manage estate sales as well,” Borge said. He can be reached regarding these services at the store.
Wild Rivers hosts a group of regular shoppers — people who shop daily or weekly to grab deals before they disappear.
“If you see it and want it, get it now. It might not be here tomorrow,” Vaderzanden said.
Wild Rivers Antiques and Gifts is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The store is closed Mondays. For more information call 541-813-2400.