Anne's Anteex--gotta go...
Anne's Anteex: 603 W. Lake ave, Peoria, Ill 61614
Dear Friends, I would like you to meet an antique dealer who has just the right touch and assortment, I think you will like: Greg from Anne's Anteex
Greg, to my way of thinking your antique shoppe has it all. Exactly what do you specialize in:
We started in toys and as our passions changed, we evolved into Antique advertising
What are some of your most popular categories in the shoppe?
We sell a lot of advertising and mid-century modern is always popular
Everything is so pristine and yet I know it is all old. I can tell you and your wife go to a lot of trouble to preserve and present your antiques you offer your customers.
I am sure everyone wants to know what an antique dealer collects?
I get this question a lot and many assume our collection is like our shop. Actually we used to have one of the largest black Americana collections in the Midwest. We liquidated it in 2008 when I was down with a bad rotator cuff. We do have lots of advertising but it is not our main emphasis. We still collect Peoria area advertising and Maxfield Parrish. I collect anything relating to the electrical industry and Art Nouveau/Art Deco figurines, while Anne collects Talcum Powder tins, early Santa Claus and Polar Bears.
Can people call you to sell their items?
We are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday but our phone number is my cell, where we can be reached any day of the week. We love to look at collections.
Your store is unreal, but you also do some major antique shows. Tell us about them:
We do the Indianapolis Antique Advertising Show (Lebanon Indiana)as well as the Chicagoland coin-op and Jukebox show (Grayslake IL) and Collector’s Eye (Cedar Rapids Iowa) all twice a year. We do the Iowa gas show in Des Moines each August and the Peotone Gas and Oil show twice a year if they ever get back to an indoor show. Throw in a few more random ones. When Anne retires we will probably add a few.
What about estate sales? I feel you would be the perfect choice if someone wanted to liquidate an estate. What can you tell my readers?
Estate sales are a lot of work and we only do 2-3 a year. We are very picky about the sales we do, so if we have one you will be assured it will be a great sale
How did your love for old things get started?
I grew up in Joplin Missouri. My Mother was an avid antique collector filling a 4 story brick Victorian home. Every weekend was spent going “junkin” as she called it, across Southwest Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. We got the leftovers from the auction boxes and spent our lawn mowing money at Antique Shops and Flea Markets. Anne’s Dad always dabbled in Antiques and so she was around it too. It seemed only natural to seek out treasures most of our married life.
Are there trends now in antiques that people are looking for?