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Fine antiques and collectibles
AOC's Meet The Dealer for October is Cliff Sharar. Cliff has been an antique collector and dealer for over 50 years and "loves the challenge of the hunt." In his booth (1029), you'll find many beautiful and unique glass, china, and victorian pieces. He also carries many furniture items. Cliff was one of the three owners of Antiques on Central until early 2018 when he decided to retire from the responsibilities of ownership and enjoy working in his booth as well as being present behind the counter during the week. "It has been wonderful to see Antiques on Central evolve into the best antique store in Arizona. It make me very proud to have been part of the process. I love working with the staff, dealers, and customers!" When Cliff isn't working, he enjoys the arts and attending the theatre .
(Jeffrey) Shane Scruggs is a native of Arizona. He was raised in South Phoenix and later in Cave Creek. His one and only career was in the grocery business. Beginning as a carry out for A. J. Bayless in Carefree. Shane went on to work for them for 17 years and retired as a store director. He was the last manager for Bayless before Bashas’ took over the chain. After conquering life-long health issues thanks to the miracle of transplant, Shane returned to retail in the antique world.
Shane has managed Antiques on Central for over 10 years and decided with his partner of 23 years, Jim Alexander, to buy into the store when the opportunity arose. Shane and Jim have a large booth in the store and also offer a booth of greeting cards, and stands and polishes. He is active in his church and is on several boards and committees.
Jim Alexander is also native of Arizona. He was raised in northern Arizona and is a graduate of Grand Canyon University. He focuses on the business development and on-line presence of Antiques on Central. Jim has been an educator, billing and collections administrator, and has been the business development manager for a large law firm in Mesa.
Jim is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He and Shane are very active in their church community. Jim is also the Artistic Director for Valley Women's Ensemble, an auditioned choral group that has performed at Antiques on Central during the past several Christmas seasons.
Sylvia specializes in vintage and antique linen. She does her own washing and meticulously irons each piece. She is famously known as the linen lady of Phoenix. She also loves buttons and lace.
At home, Sylvia likes to read, iron, collect books on decorating and antiques, and sort buttons!“I should be retired, but like others, it’s in my blood. I love working with customers. I have seen many trends and changes in styles and what’s popular and selling. I love what I do, so maybe I’ll stay in the game a bit longer…”
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Meet the Dealers
Steve Wallace is our August "Meet the Dealers" dealer! Steve began in the business by opening a space at Antiques on Central (formerly known an The Antique Gallery) on April 1, 2001, after being laid off from Honeywell Aerospace as a staff photographer. I have always had an interest in antiques & fine art and previous to this sold direct to other dealers, and had a short stay at a store in Glendale & a consignment shop in Central Phoenix. I believe the roots of my eventual interest in antiques, art, and showcasing beautiful objects began in Mr. Wrentzle’s Rock shop in Columbus (Whitehall), Ohio, where I would spend allowance money on Saturday mornings collecting rocks & minerals that he displayed in great looking oak showcases. I was just a kid touched by beauty. My goal has always been to have one of the nicest spots in Central Phoenix to buy very decent art, well executed, whether by a known artist, or unsigned, and to have a variety of styles and mediums from which to choose. Prices are always negotiable and I love working up package deals for those that might be interested in several pieces. Thank you for stopping by.
Antiques on Central is excited to begin a series of posts called "Meet the Dealers". The first in our series is Dorothy Flood! Dorothy has been a dealer at Antiques on Central since 1990, specializing in porcelains, art, sterling, and various fineries. She was recently featured in this wonderful article by North Central News. Congratulations, Dorothy! http://northcentralnews.net/2018/seniors/dorothy-flood-antiques/
Our June 2018 Meet the Dealer is Myer Reed. Myer has been an antique dealer for 40 years and has been a valued dealer within Antiques on Central for 21 years. Myer focuses on 20th Century modernist art, folk art, art pottery and modernist lighting. You can locate Myer's fabulous finds in booth 197. Myer is always looking for unusual and unexpected merchandise to make available to you. His collection is a must see!
Connie and Ed Dobbins are our July Meet the Dealers. They call themselves Warwicks Collectibles and have been selling antiques since 1993. Both Connie and Ed have backgrounds in archaeology and share an appreciation for the artistic and historical significance of antique objects. Their inventory is updated frequently and reflects their interests in art pottery, glass, primitives, historical Arizona, and Native American items. See their collection in showcase #271 and via the “SHOP NOW” link on the home page of this website.
Next in our Meet the Dealers of Antiques on Central is Diann Stahm. Diann has been a dealer of antiques and collectibles for 30 years and a dealer within AOC for 20 years. You can find unique one of a kind art, sculpture, conversational hand-made decorator pieces in Diann's booth, #27. She loves shopping and looking for those unusual and interesting pieces that will delight and intrigue you. Dianne is also one of our excellent floor personnel who will be ready to assist you! Antiques on Central is fortunate to have Diann on board.
Sylvia Wells is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She was a paralegal by trade.
She and her husband moved to Litchfield Park in 1972 with their 6 combined children. In the mid 1980’s, Sylvia and 2 of her friends who were designers rented a booth in Glendale as a, ”past-time,” venture. She later joined Antique Gallery on McDowell which later moved to Uptown Plaza in 1990. She was a manager there and at the subsequently named Central Antiques until they closed in 2006. In 2007, Sylvia along with Cliff Sharar and Doris Leis opened Antiques on Central.
AOC's Meet The Dealer for September is Harriet Palmer. Harriet has been a dealer for over 30 years. Her specialty is fine porcelain, fine art, traditional furniture, and decorative accessories. Harriet got interested in antiques because her father and father-in-law collected fine art. This started her down the path of selling prints and original water colors and oils from her home. Her mother-in-law loved porcelain figurines and fine dishes. Over the years, Harriet has learned the business from her fellow dealer, mentor, and best friend, Dorothy Flood. Harriet's interest in antiques is sustained by the belief that, "we must pass on our heritage and preserve beauty." She was born in Spain to German parents and grew up in Argentina, Columbia, and Peru. Harriet is fluent in Spanish, German, and English. Stop by her booth (995) and enjoy the beauty within.