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Geneva antique store closing after 10 years on State Street

Antiques on State to close in April

Antiques on State, at 422 W. State St., Geneva, is closing after 10 years, due to a downturn in the antique resale business; the building also was put up for sale. The store will remain open until April 29, offering sales on remaining merchandise.
Antiques on State, at 422 W. State St., Geneva, is closing after 10 years, due to a downturn in the antique resale business; the building also was put up for sale. The store will remain open until April 29, offering sales on remaining merchandise.

GENEVA – For 10 years, Antiques on State, 422 W. State St., Geneva, featured the antiques of 10 dealers.

The co-op business was on the main floor of the distinctive limestone house – with an apartment upstairs – and had a thriving business, manager and co-op founder Karen Klaske said.

But after a disappointing year in sales, coupled with the owner putting the building up for sale, Klaske said the going-out-of-business sale has begun and will continue through April 29, when the business will close for good.

Klaske, of St. Charles Township, said she started the co-op when most people are ready to retire, at 65.

“I was an antique dealer at another antique market,” Klaske said. “That market was demolished and I wanted somewhere to hang out, so I opened this. It’s been a wonderful ride. My dealers and customers – we just turned into family.”

The location was perfect, and the 1,800-square-foot lower half of the house had nine rooms. It was just enough space for 10 dealers to offer everything under the sun that was vintage or antique, Klaske said.

“We have one dealer here who specializes in things that guys love,” Klaske said. “Really old cameras, weight scales, fire hoses, straight razors, shaving mirrors from the late 1800s that have a place to hold soap for the brush. Guys who come in here hang out at his station. We call it ‘mantiques.’”

Klaske said the real killer for antiques is that younger people are not interested, and baby boomers are unloading their old stuff – even antiques their grandparents had – that none of their kids want.

“Everybody is downsizing,” Klaske said. “Nobody wants grandma’s china. It won’t go in the dishwasher. And nobody has dining rooms anymore,” Klaske said.

For details about the closing sale, visit Antiques on State’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/antiquesonstate.

The property’s listing price is $475,000. The house was built in 1854 of native limestone. And in addition to the retail space and the one-bedroom upstairs apartment, it has a three-car detached garage, according to listing company Summers Real Estate Pros at summersrealestatepros.wordpress.com.

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