Route 26 vintage market opens store in Colfax
August 15, 2019
The twice-per-year Route 26 vintage market at the fairground now has a storefront.
Open since Aug. 1, in Colfax, Route 26 sells antiques at the former Buri Medical Equipment store Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for summer hours.
Fall and winter may be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We haven't quite made that decision yet," said Tami Schwartz, one of three partners in Route 26, who first worked in antiques together at the former Whitman Mall, which closed in 2005, next door to the new store.
Whitman Mall was a co-op of antique dealers which Schwartz ran from 1997 until it closed. Nancy Thorson had a booth there, and Schwartz hired Debi Anderson as an employee.
The Route 26 events at the fairgrounds will continue in April and September. At the shows, various antique sellers rent 10 x 10 spots.
At the store, merchandise is brought in by the three women.
"There's something for everyone, it's very eclectic," Schwartz said.
This includes re-used and re-painted furniture by Anderson, for which she works on in a back workshop in the store.
Part of her work is taking cabinets, painting them with chalk paint, then letting it cure and putting on wax, which is then sanded to create an aged veneer.
"The worn look," said Schwartz.
Thorson, a Tekoa resident who retired in May from WorkSource Spokane, will run the store day-to-day, with the other two filling in.
"We do a lot of taking the ugly stuff and making it pretty again," said Schwartz.
The three hope to get approval to paint the Buri Medical awning pink to match the color scheme of Route 26.
"We're prepared for success or failure, we just want to give it a shot," Thorson said.