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Jul 18, 2013 4:23 PM by Matt Terhune, mterhune@kristv.com

Antique Store Is Closing Shop

CORPUS CHRISTI- A thirty-one year old antique store on Alameda near Robert street is closing down.

We stopped by to find out why the doors will be locked to customers after July 31st.

Helen Williams is the owner of antique store called 'Second Hand Rose'.

She says the reason she's shutting down the business is simple, these days people just don't value antiques like they used to.

Helen Williams says, "This is a throw away society. They don't want old things or collectable things anymore. They want something they can have today and throw away tomorrow.

Helen also says the rent is a little high for her. She says other antique stores have found ways to survive.

"They're probably doing better than I did because they have dealers in the store for him to pay the rent. I don't, it was just me."

Now she wants to get rid of everything in her store. She doesn't want to take it home with her. She's cut prices and so far, things are being sold faster this month.

"Everything now is half price, 50-percent off and if you talk to me just right, you might get it a little cheaper," Helen told me.

Even the big display units are for sale. She's got old kitchen tools and plates. Anything you could think of is waiting for you here.

Helen says, "Now we still have some plush Beany Babies. Look at this table. Now some dealer, this is paradise. Look at that!"

And even for you guys that like sports she's got the Mr. Manning from the Colts sports bear right here.

She plans to sell whatever's left over, like these old McDonald's toys, on E-bay.

In case there's a hurricane they've got old oil lamps too.

And for the kids there are old favorites like Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham".

It's available half price for your child to add their name, just like someone named Jenne did many years ago.

The 'Second Hand Rose' antique store will have a final estate sale on July 25th and the 26th.


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