It's a store, a museum and more: Abigail Page celebrates 20 years
Abigail Page Antique Mall has been a destination in Hudson for over 20 years. The building is still owned by Bruce Donaldson, who once had a children’s clothing store in that location. Brian Bessler owns the business which now has 16 vendors. It was the brainchild of Sandra Berg and Mary Beth Schilling. They sold it to Bessler. Today, Kenny and Cherrie Timm are the only remaining original vendors.
“Over the years we have had at least 100 dealers,” said Kenny. “The antique business has changed a great deal since 20 years ago. Today the word vintage appears a lot more. To be considered a real antique it has to be 100 years old, otherwise it is considered a collectible.”
Many of the vendors agreed that what they do now is repurpose items. The younger generations are not interested in the traditional antique furniture. Add a bright coat of paint and distress it and then is sells.
“Vintage clothing, jewelry and hats are more popular,” said Maria Sinn, one of the current vendors.
“We all do everything,” said Roseanna Dear-Leopold. “Some of the other dealers specialize in different areas. This is definitely the place to come if you are looking for a one of a kind item.”
“We get a lot of families who come in,” said Kenny Timm. “They teach their children about some of the items they grew up with such as a card file or a dial phone.”
Abigail Page Antique Mall is the largest antique store in Hudson with two floors of inventory. The dealers themselves are always on the lookout for new stock at flea markets, estate sales and, at times, people drop things off at the store.
The dealers at Abigail Page come from Hudson, Spring Valley, River Falls, Clear Lake and Afton.
On Aug. 16, 17, and 18 Abigail Page Antique Mall will host an 20th anniversary celebration.
The building is located at 503 Second St. and open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, call (715) 381-1505 or go to www.abigailpageantiques.com.