High-end Antique Store Opens in Old Antique Market
A new home and antique market is bringing high-end furniture and classic antiques under the same roof.
The summer closure of the 10,000-square-foot Antique Market at Le Pavilion Shopping Center has made way for a new antique store called West End Collective, a family venture focused on bringing a style of high-end home furnishing and decor that one of the owners says he has not yet seen available in Augusta.
After spending years in corporate retail management, 38-year-old Jim Wynn decided it was as good a time as any to take a chance on a new business. Wynn’s mother was an interior decorator in the Augusta-area for decades. The trade runs in the family.
“We take the old school antiques and the new school decor and mesh them together,” Wynn said.
Whereas Antique Market had a wide spectrum of merchandise, West End Collective is more specialized. The store features 9 different vendors–almost all of them local dealers–selling a collection of mostly period pieces from around the world, many of them from England and France.
Annie Alperin, a vendor at the collective who has been dealing antiques since 1980, points to a Louis Philippe mirror at one of her booths that she estimates was made around 1880. Many of them are gold, but she likes to shake things up.
“Silver makes a statement,” Alperin said.
Alperin’s mother collected antiques, and Alperin started doing the same when she lived in England from 1970 to 1973. Her first passion was estate jewelry, which she also sells at West End. A few feet away from her jewelry casing, a Peter Keil painting hangs on the wall. It’s an eclectic mix, Alperin said. Wynn calls it “organic.”
“It’s super unique,” Wynn said. “You’re not gonna find it anywhere else here.”
West End Collective is located at 106 Pleasant Home Rd and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.