5:56 min May 06, 2024

Antiquing in the Poconos

Discover timeless treasures during part two of "Antiquing in the Poconos" as the Pocono Television team visits Anthracite Vintage Mercantile & Auctions and Pieces of the Past in Newfoundland, PA.

On the April edition of Pocono Mountains Magazine, we took you to the Hawley Antique Exchange for part one of ‘Antiquing in the Poconos.’ Now, we're stepping back in time yet again at a few other places to check out, whether you're a serious collector or just looking for something to do.

Anthracite Vintage Mercantile & Auctions in Lehighton features antiques and collectables from 30-plus vendors.

“The products turn over daily. Every time you come in, there's guaranteed to be something you haven't seen before. Local antiques, whether it be bottles or signage, are very popular these days. We can’t keep it on the shelves,” said Tony Augustine, owner.

Anthracite Vintage Mercantile & Auctions is also the new home for two small businesses, which are staples of Lehighton.

“Jenny's Sweets and More has homemade chocolates, fudges, popcorn, and a range of hard candies and nostalgic candies that people are always in shock to find when they come here. We also took on Uncommon Grounds, offering fresh roasted beans that we have for sale in-store. We can ground them to your liking, and they also have their mobile cafe set up in our parking lot on weekends,” Augustine explained.

The business also includes an online bid board auction through the platform HiBid. “Every month we'll rotate through several hundred lots of items that you can buy online, but you can also come to the store and view every day that we're open.”

Tony says he named his business to pay homage to local history.

“Coal mining was the main industry around here years ago, anthracite coal is what we're known for. Furthermore, it's important for me to be part of this local community. I was born and raised in Jim Thorpe and always wanted to do exactly what I’m doing here. This was just the right time in my life. Jim Thorpe is where my heart is, but Lehighton is my new home for this. If you're going to Jim Thorpe, you're passing right by us anyway,” he explained.

After scoring four vintage Pocono Mountains beers cans, PTN’s Brianna Strunk hit the road for a second stop: Pieces of the Past in Newfoundland.

“When people open the door and walk in, most of them say ‘wow!” said Dale & George Bryson, owners.

In addition to a large main building, there is an outdoor area with nine buildings set up like a flea market.

“The year before we got married, we were looking for a present for my parents, who were antique collectors, and we just got the bug. It started with cookie jars, and we’ve been collecting for 47 years. That's just what we did, we had a great time doing it, and we're still smiling,” they laughed.

Dale and George have gone picking for customers throughout the Northeast. “We’re always looking for unusual stuff. We travel to Ohio, Maine, North Carolina, Virginia, all over the place. Most of our items are 10, 20, 30 years old. But we do have stuff from the 1890s and 1900s,” they said.

A few restaurants in New York City are even decorated with items from Pieces of the Past. The antique shop also carries oars, which are popular among nearby lake house owners. “And we want to negotiate. If someone comes in, we can work out a deal. That’s the fun of it,” they added.

Pieces of the Past is open seasonally, weekends from May through October. In July and August, you can also stop by Fridays from 11-5.

Another great place to go searching for timeless treasures is Grapevine Antiques & Crafts Mall in Brodheadsville, with 6,000 square feet featuring antiques, collectables, and locally handcrafted creations of today arriving daily.