We know there are many reasons people love shopping for and collecting antiques -- you want interesting home decor, you're collecting a favorite type of item, you're sentimental and nostalgic, or you're making an investment. For us, it's something else as well: We want to make history a part of our lives.
History is important because it gives us a sense of perspective through which we can better understand present and future events. It's interesting to see how things were done in previous generations and how styles and preferences changed over the decades.
But antiques and vintage items also give us insight into people's everyday lives, and show us that they weren't really that different, whether they lived in the 1790s, 1890s, 1990s, or beyond. Those who have gone before us wanted the same things we do today -- to survive, to love and to be loved, to build a better life, and to have some fun along the way!
We are Pamela and Michael Kock ("cook"), parents of two amazing children who are now grown and living their own adventures. We live in Springboro with three dogs and a cat. Mike is a USPS letter carrier, and spends his spare time looking for wonderful things to put in our shop. Pam is the one you'll see in the shop most of the time, and she is also a busy freelance copyeditor and writer.
We've recently changed our hours to Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only, because we have discovered there are only 24 hours in a day and some of them must be spent sleeping.
Reducing our shop's open hours gives Pam the time she needs to take advantage of that English degree and work on ridding the world of grammar errors, typos, and bad writing. Someone's gotta do it. And, of course, it gives us more time to find more interesting history for you to enjoy in our shop!
Stop in and see us, and find some history to bring to your own home. If you need to get in touch with us, the best way is to email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on our Facebook page. Thank you!