About Dixon's Antiques
Our Service PledgeI have hand delivered almost all my sales in 45 years and have left customers homes satisfied with my delivery. I will strive to continue that standard by working with you and good delivery services to ensure we are both happy.
About UsIn 1975 I graduated from college with a teaching degree. While hoping for a job, I substitute taught and helped my father with his country store. During this time, I met a couple local antique dealers and started riding around with them, helping with deliveries, and going to auctions. One of them taught me how to refinish furniture. I began picking and refinishing pieces for them. One thing led to another and since 1976 I have made my living by finding and restoring antique furniture. I settled on American made furniture after I encountered some difficulties restoring foreign made pieces. (Not to say there is anything wrong with foreign, because many of the best pieces were made in Europe and England by relatives of the same craftsmen that found their way to America.) My shop is located between Baltimore and Philadelphia, which provides good choices for American made furniture when I go picking.
Even though furniture had been the main focus of the shop we now offer a variety of quality antiques; including garden, architectural, lighting, farm related, musical, industrial, and practically anything we find unique and interesting. In the last couple of years I have become more interested in antique lighting and you will see that emphasis in our offerings.
In 1994 I hired a student from the local high school to help me. Now, 28 years later, Andrew is my unofficial business partner. We look for quality pieces that we would like to have in our own homes. We try to restore original finishes, but are not opposed to refinishing a piece if necessary. I contend that the original cabinetmaker went to great effort to pick beautiful woods and would refinish his own pieces if the finish became so cloudy it hid that beauty. We love antiques and by properly restoring them we hope to extend their use for future generations. Drawers should open smoothly and doors should close easily, pieces should be clean inside and out, just like I would want myself.
My sincere hope when you buy from me is that every time you look at what you've bought, you are happy. Kent Dixon