Rockland Marketplace celebrates 20 Years, March 18, 19
Rockland Antiques Marketplace opened in March of 1997 by Steven Dumas and Wyatt Shorey. Both men had quit their jobs and were looking for something new to do. A friend guided them toward the antiques business.
After scouting locations, the former Mathew's Brothers and Miller's Garage building on Rankin Street in Rockland became available. Spending many hours and effort converting this space to a multi-dealer shop the store started in those early days with seven dealers and grew to the 65 dealers it holds today with 100 rental spaces.
On March 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rockland Marketplace is inviting the public to celebrate its 20 years in business, with refreshments, special prices, drawings, and dealers on site.
In the early days of the business antiques were in high demand and appreciated but the economy worsened, tastes changed, and customers were not interested to the extent they once were.
The owners and dealers were noticing this trend. Shoppers weren't as interested in true antiques as much as they wanted something of quality that was also functional. Painted furniture became more popular. Mid-century items were in demand.
People weren't necessarily collecting china patterns anymore. This was a new generation of consumers who wanted something unique, of quality, but it didn't necessarily have to be old.
In an effort for broader appeal, they expanded the scope of the business to include modern furnishings and unique items by renaming the store to Rockland Marketplace. The store still includes and is primarily antiques and vintage items.
Most popular are vintage kitchen tools, furnishings, LP records (Rockland Marketplace Records has a booth in the store), clothing, books, local postcards, art, jewelry, home décor items, nautical-themed collectibles, local interest....you just never know what you will find. There is still an appreciation for re-purposing an old piece, reusing items, or just appreciating them for their unique artistic value. Customers have always known that shopping vintage is good for the environment and is the best form of recycling or up-cycling.
Many of their dealers started as customers so you might be happy to learn that dealers space is available.
Steve and Wyatt want to thank the customers, dealers, and staff for a great 20 years.