Sue and Jasper
began in 1975 as a way to furnish our first house developed into a full-time
business. Up the Creek Antiques was a fitting name for a business that
began 15 miles from the nearest town and back up in the hills surrounding
the Lincoln Creek valley outside of Centralia, Washington. We moved
here from Maryland's Eastern Shore and established a wholesale business
dealing in American antique furniture purchased from our old hunting grounds
on the East Coast and selling to dealers around the Pacific Northwest and
California to Alaska. Gradually we developed a retail audience and in an
attempt to dignify our business name we opened the American Antique Furniture
Market in 1990. However, a name like Up the Creek is not easily left behind,
hence: Up the Creek's American Antique Furniture Market seems to be the
only way to placate everyone. As of July 1st, 2004 we have now come full
circle. We are again Up the Creek Antiques- American Antique Furnishings.
In the Spring of 2004, Up the Creek purchased their own building and the major restoration process began to change an "Ugly Duckling" back to it's original grandeur. By exposing the original tin ceilings and walls, salvaging old growth fir from the shelving units upstairs for use as our showroom floor and removing the ugly "modernization" that had faced the exterior, our building is now a wonderful historic setting for the antiques that you have become used to seeing us represent.
Our new retail store is a restored 1910 building (originally a Woolworth's building and an exclusive hotel on the second floor.) The vintage 7,000 square foot showroom is the perfect backdrop for our antique furniture and decorative accessories in a variety of periods and styles. Although the majority of the pieces for sale are from Up the Creek, there a few other dealers that have joined us in order to broaden the types of things we can offer. The emphasis is American. Pieces are brought here from all over the country.
Our "Classic Creations" custom built pieces are on display in a special setting so you don't confuse them with the real "old" stuff. Lighting from the turn of the Century is displayed throughout the store along with decorative accent pieces and glassware. It is truly a beautiful store to visit and we welcome customers there everyday from Noon to 5. The store is staffed by Sue on Mondays with guest appearances by Dan and Jasper. Marianne can be found there on every other day of the week. The Web Site is always open and emails go directly to our home computer.
As of 2006, we now have a new and very large restoration shop close to Centralia committed to restoring pieces faithfully to a working condition. We have some of the finest woodworking tools available along with the woodworker and finisher who know how to use them. There is hardly any repair that we have not faced successfully in our shop in 30 plus years of business. Custom restoration is now available at this location, so if you have some family heirlooms that need a little help, keep us in mind. We have carved out a niche in the antique furniture business because of the consistently superior product we put out.
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