The shop mimics his personality, he said. "I'm a minimalist."
Taylor's shop, at
The store is small, but Taylor has items in storage ready to sell. "I'm not a collector," Taylor said. "I buy and sell."
"I rarely carry anything that isn't from
He has a painting hanging in his shop by 20th century artist
In addition to the downtown shop, Taylor takes his antiques on the road, having been a vendor in more than 150 shows in Kentucky Tennessee,
He buys from other antique dealers, estates and individuals.
"I don't go to auctions," Taylor said. "Buying at auction is often an emotional buy," he said. When interested in a piece of antique furniture,
He said when he was a child surrounded by his family's "old furniture," he didn't realize that some pieces were actually antiques.
Taylor began his business in 1989. Starting in June, he will have more time to devote to his store and attending shows.
For 38 years, Taylor has been an educator. He's taught history and social studies at
Taylor, 60, said that before the downtown revitalization, he had little interest locating downtown. But now he's looking forward to coming to his shop and talking to customers.
He knows the history of his pieces and enjoys talking about them. For an example, on Wednesday afternoon he relayed the information he had about the sugar chest that was nestled against the wall of his shop.
The chest is a large wooden box on legs. He said the quality of the wood denoted that the original owner had a better-than-average income. The chest has a lock that is a common feature. The chests were popular in the southern
During the Civil War, sugar was
An interesting item hanging above two blanket chests is a framed Victorian chair back. The chair's legs were not fixable, but the back of it was undamaged.
"I took it to
"It probably won't sell, but it's a conversation piece," Taylor said.
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