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An ‘eclectic’ approach

Audobon Eclectic Antiques to hold grand opening Jan. 18

Nikki Waters, the owner of Audobon Eclectic Antiques, carries items as old as the late 19th century to the mid 1980s. She opened up at 131 West Seneca Street in Manlius in October at the Heckled Hen’s old location.

Nikki Waters, the owner of Audobon Eclectic Antiques, carries items as old as the late 19th century to the mid 1980s. She opened up at 131 West Seneca Street in Manlius in October at the Heckled Hen’s old location. Allie Wenner

— Waters said she finds most of her items at estate sales and yard sales around Central New York – and they generally range from the 19th century to 1980s. She classifies her store as a “mid-range” antique shop, which she said makes it different from other shops in the area.

“Most of our stuff is ready to go as-is, but we also have things that need a bit of refinishing,” she said. “Like random bits of architecture that people can take and repurpose into something else.”

And Waters said she’s always happy to look for an item if a customer asks her for something specific, but said that her test to see whether something’s worth buying is whether or not she likes it. “I know that if I enjoy it, somebody else might enjoy it too,” she said.

She started attending yard sales soon after she learned to walk with her aunt and grandmother, and has been hooked ever since.

“It became a fun thing that we did together as a family, and even through college and grad school, if I ever needed a piece of furniture or something, I would always to go to garage sale to look for it,” she said.

Waters said she doesn’t think she’ll ever get tired of hunting through piles of clothing and trinkets to find items to sell. In fact, finding something that brings back memories is her favorite part of the job.

“There’s a nostalgic angle that’s exciting,” she said. “I’ll find something from when I was a kid, or even better, something that I’ve forgotten about and think, ‘Oh my gosh, I remember my grandma having this!’”

And most importantly, Waters believes in buying older products because she said that more often than not, they’re handmade, cost less and are better quality than what you’d find in many retail stores.

“If you need a bookshelf, you could come to a shop like this and get a bookshelf that’s probably going to cost less money, be made out of real wood and last a lot longer,” she said.

The Grand Opening of Audobon Eclectic Antiques will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Waters plans to bring in new inventory and offer “big blowout specials” for the occasion. The store is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 692-4755.

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