Jim Friend, a former carpenter, has been collecting old tools and other items for more than 40 years while maintaining his farm in Economy.
Now in retirement, he decided to put his collection out for sale at his new business, Trail's End Antiques and Crafts. Friend is no stranger to selling country-type antiques. He said his brother is Tom Friend, owner of Tom's Old Country Store.
"It's a little bit of everything," Jim Friend said. "I like things that are different and things that relate to the vets."
"Different people collect different things. Everything you name there is someone out that collects it. "
Friend does not have set hours, but most can find Trail's End open on Fridays and Saturdays.
The store is located at 459 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge. For information call 724-252-5747.
Seven Places to Go Visit
Ambridge currently has seven shops that showcase antiques and collectibles. On most Saturdays, you can visit possibly all seven places in one day.
Owner Connie Kovolenko had a dream of taking a dilapidated 1820 building and giving it a facelift.
"It was truly an emotional decision to purchase the property and save it for future generations," Kovolenko said. "I love collecting, but having an antique store was not a foregone conclusion. This property took on a destiny of its own. After several years of pulling apart, cleaning out."
The store is located at 260 13th St., Ambridge. For information call 724-777-1617
Have a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a conversation with owners Steve Roberts and Douglas Throckmorton in a Harmonist house built in 1828.
Roberts and Throckmorton shared on their website that they feel they have been blessed and have the desire to share it with others.
"No one truly 'owns' anything, but rather we give ourselves stewardship of an item for a certain period of time We welcome you to a community of sharing that has brought us much pleasure,...if you are a seasoned trader, we pass our blessing on to you."
The store is located at 1216 Church St., Ambridge. For information call 412-867-9311.
According to the website, Recycled Dreams was started out as a venture between three single moms who loved antiques and vintage clothing. A couple of the moms have moved on and a sister joined in the fun.
Owners Tammy Beveridge and Therese Beveridge Boyd got into the business of what they call "picking" by family, who were antique dealers and by a woman who loved to go out scouring the neighborhoods on garbage night looking for treasures.
The store is located at 317 14th St., Ambridge. For information call 724-385-0198.
The store has a treasure trove of art and collectibles, antiques, jewelry, vintage finds, clothing, furniture, pet clothing and more items to fit any budget.
Bradovich shared in a comment on Ambridge Connection that they have
all new inventory and a must see is the windows.
"We are also showcasing local artist art work such as Dorthy Webb and Auther Deloigi."
The store is located at 751 Merchant St., Ambridge. For information call 724-888-0133
The oldest antiques and collectibles shop, Tom Friend has had his shop in Ambridge for 20 years.
"I'm a lot like 'old time hardware' because I have so much small stuff in here that people used to repair stuff with that they just can find it today but you can find it here," said Friend
The store is located at 511 Merchant St., Ambridge. For information call 724-266-7215.
When Eva Chudicek and Mark Kaczmarczyk would go on vacation, the two always found themselves inside stores that sold antiques, collectibles and vintage items.
They have accumulated items over the years from yard sales, estate sales, auctions and stores. Chudicek has the eye and they have lucked out in finding nice pieces.
The store is located at 501 Merchant St., Ambridge. For information call 724-601-5354.