Fryburg Old Treasures Depot

The building was renamed Fryburg Old Treasures Depot. Today, more than 100 vendors fill three floors of the Depot with displays that include antiques, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and items by local artisans. With 11,000 square feet of display space, the inventory in the Depot is varied and ever-changing. As people take a leisurely stroll from one display to the next, they can be heard saying, “I remember my grandmother had one of these.” Or, “Oh, my gosh! I had one of these when I was little. I wonder what ever happened to it?”

Adam Faller, manager of Fryburg Old Treasures Depot, is the fifth generation of the family to be involved in the family businesses. His staff includes two full-time and three part-time employees, who are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They will provide assistance in finding a specific item by scanning keywords in the vendors’ computerized listings. If an item is not available, the Depot maintains a list of items that customers request; when the requested item becomes available, the customer is contacted.

“People collect everything imaginable from pen knives and pottery to crystal and dolls,” says Adam. “About ninety percent of the people who come into the store are looking for something specific to add to their collection.”

“Antiques” have been described by some as any item over 100 years old. “Collectibles” can be anything that evokes a memory in the collector, whether it is a 150-year-old tin candle mold or an action figure from a fast-food restaurant. “A lot of guys collect Zippo lighters, which certainly aren’t antiques,” says Adam, “while many other items, such as crocks, are both antique and collectible.” On a personal level, Adam collects fire-fighting memorabilia, since he is a volunteer with the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department. Whether it’s the age of an item, the memory of an event tied to the item or just plain nostalgia, Adam notes, “Everybody collects something.”

The Depot’s Guest Register includes not only the names of local customers, but those of people from as far away as Alaska, England and Germany, where Jacob Faller’s family originated.

With the exception of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Depot is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To contact the Fryburg Old Treasures Depot for more information, call 814-354-2288 or Email: adam@fryburgdepot.com. You also may visit www.fryburgdepot.com for more information.

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