While a quick perusal of the shop’s stock will reveal tables, cabinets, radios and record players — most dating back to the mid-20th century — Herman said some memorable pieces have come across his counter in the three years the store has been open. Coffins, a headhunter’s spear, antique medical equipment and even a tray of teeth were once part of the store’s numerous items for purchase.
Herman said he’s been working with antiques since he was a child helping his best friend and friend’s family with their auction company.
After working as a sales representative for a large Pennsylvania company, he said, he was relocated from the Allentown area to central Pennsylvania. He enjoyed the area so much, and was so stressed from his current job, that he decided to quit and go into business for himself “and be twice as stressed out.”
Pieces, ranging from practical to decoration, fill the ground floor, with space for vendors to rent on the second. Herman said keeping the store stocked isn’t too difficult, especially for someone who is familiar with the business.
A lot of people in the area are downsizing, he said, moving from 5,000-square-foot homes to 1,000-square-foot retirement units and need an outlet to sell their things. He also travels across the state, visiting estate auctions and hunting through collections.
“This isn’t a museum,” Herman said. “A lot of antique stores act like museums — everything is so high priced, it won’t move. We’re here to sell stuff.”
“This stuff is already 80 or 90 years old,” he said. “It will last forever.”
But the charm of the store remains in the unusual and the fun.
While items like that probably won’t sell locally, he said, it could go to a buyer as far away as Los Angeles.
College students looking for furniture are also finding out about the store, he said. Though a pricier item like the chairs will go to an outside buyer, his clientele remains strongly local.
The store can be found online at greatmishmosh.com, selling items through both eBay and Etsy.