Camden Merchants Showcase: Back to the future
Camden — Camden Merchants Showcase, formerly known as Camden Merchants Co-Op, continues to be an integral part of local history. New managers Cynthia and Claude Harris said that a building that was once a movie theater makes a perfect setting for a business specializing in antique, vintage, retro and contemporary wares.
Twenty merchants offer an ever-changing inventory at all price levels: furnishings for a stately home or a country cottage, phonograph records, cowboy boots, and fine and costume jewelry. There are also buttons, vintage toys, ephemera, kitchenalia, and clothing from another era or for tomorrow.
The new art deco-inspired marquee out front welcomes visitors to expect the unexpected. One customer from New York purchased a 1921 passenger list from the RMS Aquitania. Her great-uncle was on that voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, and his name was recorded in the brochure.
Decorators have found items for home and business remodeling as well as theatrical set designs. One bride-to-be bought cowboy boots for members of her wedding party.
Camden Merchants Showcase is located at 10 Mechanic St. in Camden. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 236-6010.
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