By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: December 2007
Sherri and Wade Faust offer reclaimed light fixtures and thousands of other antiques and collectibles at Remember When… Antiques.
Remember When… Antiques is all dolled up for Christmas. The store not only has holiday decorations, but it offers estate and collectible dolls. Sherri Faust, co-owner, says there are many character dolls from famous makers such as Ideal, Arranbee, Nancy Ann, Horseman and more. “We have dolls from antique to modern,” says Sherri. “Materials include bisque, porcelain and composition.”
The dolls are right at home in Remember When’s rustic country building, located on Highway 20 between Claremore and Pryor. Sherri and her husband, Wade, offer 3,600 square feet of nostalgic-to-new shopping in a warm and friendly atmosphere. From the moment a customer walks in the door, he or she is greeted with a smile and a cup of gourmet coffee. The flavor might either be the store’s signature Remember When coffee or Roy Rogers, espresso blend or French roast. You never know, but it is always complimentary. Bags of the delicious roasts are available for purchase.
“People are most important to us,” explains Wade. “It’s not about making sales. We let our customers know we’re glad they’re here, and the Lord takes care of finances.” This philosophy has led to a growing customer base as more and more people discover Remember When’s one-of-a-kind merchandise and customization services. If a customer is unable to shop within normal business hours, appointments can be made. Customization and doing everything possible to please customers are the hallmarks of Remember When.
Sherri is always happy to share her artistic and creative flare. Whether offering ideas for repurposing an item or giving color suggestions for repainting a tired, old piece, she can help. When asked what color is most popular now, Sherri responds without even thinking. “Red,” she says.
Another new and expanding area is the store’s display of chandeliers and light fixtures. Some are sold almost as fast as they are hung. “If you see one you like, you’d better grab it,” Wade says with a laugh. Some decorators go there first to shop for their clients.
If you have someone on your gift list who is building or remodeling a home, a gift certificate is an ideal way to allow for a special light fixture or architectural element. Gift certificates are available in any amount, beginning at $5.
On a walk through the store, Sherri points out unique gift ideas that shoppers are not likely to find anyplace else. There are University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University specialty items, including Christmas boots instead of stockings. “These are not mass produced,” she says. “They are made upon request, and they’re reasonably priced.” Some of the items are even available in pink.
Also popular and fun are reclaimed and repurposed shabby chic items. Many people enjoy their historical-period colors. Wade has noticed that young ladies, in particular, like these types of furnishings and accessories. “A grandmother will buy something like this for her granddaughter,” he recalls. “And then she’ll choose a piece of oak-distressed furniture, a more classic look, for herself.”
Be sure not to miss out on Remember When’s Customer Appreciation Week. Held December 4 through 8, the special event will feature a Christmas buffet with complimentary snacks and daily drawings for gift certificates.
From fancy to functional, indoor to outdoor, there really is something for everybody at Remember When… Antiques. See for yourself this Christmas season. The store is located at 19845 E. Highway 20, halfway between Claremore and Pryor. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. For additional information, give Wade and Sherri a call at (918) 341-7085.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.