June 18, 2024


General Evolution

Todburn Antiques Downsizes Devoid of Skimping on Type


You won’t have to go far to find Todburn Antiques’ new area. It moved up coming doorway. Along with American Pie, Treasures and Antiques and Chatchkes, the shop is one particular of the handful of that remain on a Fruitville Road strip that now residences a vape shop, a barber shop and other company organizations.

Immediately after 6 a long time, proprietor Donald Jobe downsized from a 5,000-sq.-foot space to about 50 percent of that, but held all the wacky, wicked and eclectic flavor that turns the shop into a patchwork time warp to the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

Jobe claims he wanted some thing much more intimate, and it was challenging to keep up with all the stock that packed the previous space. He began shifting in October, and the new location was up and running in time for the holidays.

Amid the pandemic, Jobe says, citizens have rediscovered where they are living, and an outpouring of help from locals and stay-cationers from nearby cities like Tampa turned new prospects.

Jobe has been accumulating and offering antiques for 60 years, 33 of them in West Stage, Connecticut, some of them in Manhattan.

What is the oldest thing you’ll find in his retail outlet? “Me,” he claims. The 77-year-old has been fascinated by unique treasures considering the fact that his childhood, and still holds dear a little Japanese vase with damaged handles he bought when he was 8.

The store residences anything from antique thimbles to saucy Alberto Vargas illustrations. As for a concentrated specialty, “There’s too significantly inventory to checklist,” he says. Finest-selling items include pottery, glass artwork, and antique cameras, clocks and radios.

A bar spot stocks mid-century glassware, decanters and flasks. And a garments nook sparkles with ample sequined dresses to outfit a theatre troupe, along with plumed hats, some made by Jobe. In the restroom, Marilyn Monroe smiles from every single corner, with top rated to bottom unusual pictures and iconic requires of the star. A collection of vintage Coca-Cola signs covers a wall, and in the again, antique wood toys bring grandpa’s “ahead of there ended up video clip games” tales to everyday living.

From the bizarre and unique to the enjoyment and playful, Jobe has it all, even in a smaller sized house.

Todburn Antiques is now situated at 1526 Fruitville Street, Sarasota, and is open 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.