Old Stone Mill Antique Mall

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My wife and I are avid, knowledgeable antique hunters. This was my first visit , her second to this antique mall, some 40 minutes from our home. My wife told me during her first visit to the shop she was a bit uncomfortable with the way in which the owner's wife followed her about the store basically keeping an eye on her and my teenaged daughter. I thought maybe she was exagerating until I went with her. The moment we entered the door the owner greeted us, gave us his card and asked our interests. Great, I thought, an attentive owner. He then continued to follow us throughout the store interrupting our conversations, asking what we were looking for, suggestion prepostrous suggestions like a pump organ as a purchase when we told him our interests lie in kitchen, bar and adverstising. we actually found some "treasures" on the first floor and took them dutifully to the front counter. This didn't seem to allay their anxiety at having customers browsing their store. He then followed us to the second floor and continued aimlessly making small talk about the items on display. During a break in this ridiculous exercise I found an oak display piece perfect for our restaurant for $2,500.00. As I convinced my wife we should make an offer on it, the owner nervously tipped his hand when he mentioned "I'd be up here anyway even if you weren't up here". I then decided to conclude our visit without making an offer, just purchasing the $29.00 worth of kitchen gadgets, getting the Hell out of there. My wife and I are both own businesses that are heavily reliant on good customer relations, which these folks haven't a clue about. I would suggest they leave the business world (they will soon enough!) as they seemed entirely too nervous about having people invading their building. Cool historical building, Worst I have ever been treated at an antiques business. TERRIBLE PLACE TO VISIT! Go visit the nice lady accross the street in the little shop. She was a peach.

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My wife and I are avid, knowledgeable antique hunters. This was my first visit , her second to this antique mall, some 40 minutes from our home. My wife told me during her first visit to the shop she was a bit uncomfortable with the way in which the owner's wife followed her about the store basically keeping an eye on her and my teenaged daughter. I thought maybe she was exagerating until I went with her. The moment we entered the door the owner greeted us, gave us his card and asked our interests. Great, I thought, an attentive owner. He then continued to follow us throughout the store interrupting our conversations, asking what we were looking for, suggestion prepostrous suggestions like a pump organ as a purchase when we told him our interests lie in kitchen, bar and adverstising. we actually found some "treasures" on the first floor and took them dutifully to the front counter. This didn't seem to allay their anxiety at having customers browsing their store. He then followed us to the second floor and continued aimlessly making small talk about the items on display. During a break in this ridiculous exercise I found an oak display piece perfect for our restaurant for $2,500.00. As I convinced my wife we should make an offer on it, the owner nervously tipped his hand when he mentioned "I'd be up here anyway even if you weren't up here". I then decided to conclude our visit without making an offer, just purchasing the $29.00 worth of kitchen gadgets, getting the Hell out of there. My wife and I are both own businesses that are heavily reliant on good customer relations, which these folks haven't a clue about. I would suggest they leave the business world (they will soon enough!) as they seemed entirely too nervous about having people invading their building. Cool historical building, Worst I have ever been treated at an antiques business. TERRIBLE PLACE TO VISIT! Go visit the nice lady accross the street in the little shop. She was a peach.

Pros: Cool old building

Cons: Nazi-owners

 

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