Williamsburg, MA, United States
DoneSun, May 5, 2013 3:00 PM UTC
Excellent Spring Antiques Auction
In our more than 37 years of business, we've been called countless times to sell the contents of closed antique shops, and it's not always something we're enthused about. In our experience, these calls often mean that a proprietor needs to sell the broken and/or uninteresting leftovers. When, however, we received a call that Glaskowsky and Co. of Easthampton, MA was finally being liquidated, our question was not whether or not we were interested but how quickly we could get there. For years, we had hoped to receive this call. Beginning in the 1940s, Nicholas and Marian Glaskowsky operated one of the largest and most active antique shops in Western New England. In 1947, they were a driving force in the formation of the Pioneer Valley Antique Dealers Association. They were frequent auction buyers at Eldred's in East Dennis, MA, Skinner's in Bolton, MA, and at Ken Miller's in Northfield, MA, where they were "front row regulars". With the advancing age of Nicholas and the death of Marian in 1978, Glaskowsky & Co. shop hours became irregular. When Nicholas died a few years later, the business was bequeathed to their son, Fred, who had a "unique" approach to pricing. If an item failed to sell, he raised the price. His records indicate that he actually increased the price of many items five times. The combination of erratic shop hours and ever-escalating prices soon brought the flow of customers to a standstill. Eventually, the Glaskowsky & Co. sign came down, and the shop has remained dormant and intact for more than 30 years, causing travelers along Route 10 in Easthampton to wonder what could possibly be going on behind those never-changing shop windows. Fred Glaskowsky, now 92 years old, requires medical care that necessitates complete liquidation after all these years. If you can remember back to the glory days of the 1970s antique world, you will love this auction. THIS SALE IS TRULY AN ANTIQUE SHOP TIME CAPSULE.