Thursday, May 2, 2013

Best Antique Store in San Gabriel Valley!

The big news in the antique community of the San Gabriel Valley in California is that King Richard's Antique-Vintage Center in Whittier won Best Antique Store for 2013. The poll queried readers of the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News.

King Richard's is housed in an historic building, once a citrus packing house in the early 1900s, and listed in the local Register of Historic Resources. Thirty years ago the building began its life as an antique mecca under the ownership of Richard Bowlin (hence the name King Richard's) and Jim Slavcove. The present owners are Chuck and Martha Garcera. Not only does the 57,000 sq. ft., four-story store boast 302 dealer spaces, but there's also a certified antiques appraisal college which is holding an Appraisal Clinic noon-4pm at the store. In addition Sulflow Auctions will hold an auction in the building on May 18, with the preview May 17.

Visit King Richard's website and explore their Google Virtual Store (a very cool tour of the various levels to give you an idea of the spaciousness of the store and the wide selection—see example below!). Read their latest news and see dozens of photos of enticing antiques.  

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