The Hippo


May 25, 2020








Holiday Open House

Where: New Hampshire Antique Co-op, 323 Elm St., Route 101A, Milford
When: Everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Friday, Nov. 24, and Monday, Nov. 27. 
Cost: Admission is free. Items start at $5. 

Search for a treasure
Holiday-themed open house at antique co-op

By Ethan Hogan

 Find a treasure among thousands of antique items from all over the world at the New Hampshire Antique Co-op’s Holiday Open House, happening Friday, Nov. 24, through Monday, Nov. 27.

The open house will have holiday-themed activities and exhibits for families as well as sales on antique items.
Each day of the open house will have a special feature. Friday kicks off the event with a sale at the Main Street and Small Treasures Hall, where items are brought in exclusively from New Hampshire antique dealers and consignors.
“We decided we wanted to make sure Black Friday wasn’t just for big box stores. We wanted to celebrate the importance of small business and shopping local,” said Jason Hackler, co-owner of  New Hampshire Antique Co-op.
In the Main Street section, guests can search for items ranging from 18th-century furniture to numerous grandfather clocks and dining room tables.
“We are constantly acquiring new pieces. We are known for handling good, 18th- and 19th-century furniture, as well as quality custom pieces from the early 20th century,” said Hackler.
An 18th-century cabinet called a Tiger Maple Highboy is a standout item in the Main Street section, according to Hackler. The item is collectable because it was made by respected Weare craftsmen Moses Hazen 200 years ago.
Small Business Saturday will feature an antique themed scavenger hunt where guests have to search for specific items among the co-op’s 20,000 square feet.
“That’s what going into our antique shop is like; it’s like going on a treasures hunt,” said Hackler.
Scavenger hunt winners will get gift cards and prizes. While guests hunt for antiques, kids can write letters to Santa and put them in a special North Pole box during the Letters to Santa activity.
On Sparkle Sunday, guests are encouraged to help the co-op’s golden retriever Sparkle, collect non-perishable food items and money for SHARE, the local food pantry. On Cider Monday, the co-op will have cider and cider doughnuts for customers shopping local, which Hackler said is the opposite of Cyber Monday.
The Discovery Barn will be open throughout the weekend where quests can search through small, affordable items from all over the world. The Discovery Barn hosts a treasure trove of fun finds ranging from 1950s kitchen collectables to postcards and unique tools.
“You are the one discovering,” said Hackler. 
A vintage holiday-themed exhibit will feature a collection from renowned antique ornament expert Beverly Weir-Longacre. Hackler said the collection will focus on Frosty the Snowman, with ornaments and holiday memorabilia from America’s holiday history.
Visitors will get a sneak peek at co-op’s Art Tower, a new installment to the co-op. The Art Tower will have up to 100 paintings displayed in salon style. 
Hackler said the paintings range dramatically in price, from $30 to $995, and style — still life, landscape, marine, impressionist and modernist works will all be found in the Art Tower.
“What makes our shop unique is that we have things ranging from $5 to $10,000. To have that all under one roof is a unique experience,” said Hackler.
The open house will let guests experience the same shop atmosphere Hackler fell in love with when he was 11 years old. Hackler took over the family business from his parents, who founded the New Hampshire Antique Co-op 34 years ago.
“I grew up in the business. … Being a group shop, we have almost 200 dealers. It’s an interesting shop, new things come in every day. Dealers and collectors have become part of an extended family,” said Hackler. 

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