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Marcia Leach

Q: How long have you been in the antique business?

A: I have been dabbling in the secondhand and antique business for 25 years. I am from Michigan and have lived here for three years now. Several years ago, I had a small boutique on the shores of Lake Michigan, called "Dead People's Stuff, and Recycled Style." For years now I have had an addiction to junking ... hence, the booth, or my house would be filled to the brim! I began the booth at Gas Lamp, almost two years ago now, with Jason Parker Counce and Dann Boyles, my great friends. Since we began, Jason has gone gangbusters with his own booth! Dann has moved back to Michigan, and opened a great boutique called "Rebel Reclaimed.”

Q: What is your most prized antique possession and where is it from?

A: My favorite things to find are things that speak to me somehow. I have sort of an off sense of humor, and I love crazy stuff!

Q: What is your favorite antique era and why?

A: I am an interior designer, and keep my eye on trends, so my booth is ever changing and evolving to what is current. I love the mix of old and new. I was selling a lot of 70s retro, now the vintage trunks and old office pieces seem to be hot.

Q: What items do you look for when shopping for your booth?

A: I have a passion for religious items. Currently I have a kneeling bench and a communion table in my dining room!

Q: Can you give our readers an antique shopping tip?

A: My favorite thing is to go to a sale early in the morning, wearing my rain boots, and quietly pick through, imagining different ways to use the cool things I find! My suggestion for readers is go shopping early and then go at the very end ... you never know what you might find!

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