As co-owner of The Antiquarians, Carl Schow, '05, made more money in his first eBay transaction than he did in two weeks at his part-time job.
At an auction preview, Carl, only 22 and already interested in history and antiques, spotted a green floor vase. Something about it stuck with him, and he spent the afternoon researching pottery. When Carl went to the auction, he scored a rare Weller Coppertone for $45 that brought in $700 on eBay.
Carl still had to complete his senior year at Rhodes College, but his notebooks were more often filled with observations from auctions and research about antiques and collectibles than class notes. "I knew I wanted to work for myself, to do something I enjoyed and could make money at," he said.
Four years later, his estate sale company has taken off. "We take estates and do triage on them. We're unusual because we sell wherever it works for our clients — through auction, eBay, retail, and even tag sales. Because we have relationships with established buyers, we can just broker items in some cases. If a client has 10 different items to sell, there need to be 10 different approaches." The Antiquarians also has two shops — one in Rossville, Ga., and the other, a 17,000 sq. ft. location in Dalton. Items for sale range from books and furniture to collectibles and antiques. The Antiqurians' website was designed by Matt Clemmer '06.
To read more about The Antiquarians, go to www.chattanoogaestatesales.com
by Rachel Schulson