Ruth Lynn Schoonover's 15-plus years of antique dealing has lead to some interesting finds. Schoonover just recently returned to Elkins after spending several weeks further south, exploring the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Virginia for antiques with personality.
"When we go south, the first thing we do is go to a large show in central Florida with over 1,200 dealers," said Schoonover, who along with her husband, Gary, own Granny's Attic in Elkins. "We spend three days buying good quality antiques, unusual antiques and things with a different appeal."
Another thing the Schoonovers look out for are estate sales. One such sale during their Florida tour resulted in Granny's Attic's most unique find ever - a carved carousel lion of an Asian-inspired design. The piece stands almost 4 feet tall.
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ANTIQUITIES — Above, Ruth Lynn Schoonover stands before one of her display cases containing tea cups and other items of interest at her shop in Elkins.
Lower left, Schoonover specializes in unique items of all kinds, including vintage signs.
Below, Schoonover found this carved wood carousel lion in Florida.
Wedgwood potter, left, is among the varied collectible items that can be found at Granny’s Attic.
"We were excited to bring it back to the shop," Ruth Schoonover said.
She explained that they have to base their buying decisions on what sellers tell them. The lion, according to what they could determine, was carved around 1920 and was in place on a carousel somewhere in or around New Jersey. The estate at the Schoonovers found the lion was filled with Asian-inspired collectibles and paraphernalia. It took four days for someone to buy it once it was in place at Granny's Attic.
Ruth Schoonover said that while they specialize in unique and interesting, and sometimes very unusual, pieces she was "never expecting that kind of interest."
Granny's Attic is always on the lookout for unexpected and good quality pieces, from furniture to railroad memorabilia, but to Schoonover buying antiques is more of "a working hobby."
"I enjoy it because of the opportunity to meet new people," she explained. "Nice people buy antiques."