CHAZY - After 40 years of collecting various antiques and dishware, Joyce Samonek hopes others will share in her passion.
"I have collected so many [antiques] and they are so beautiful," Samonek said. "I've just come to the point where I need to share these things."
Three weeks ago, Samonek opened Morningside Antiques and Fine Art in the Morningside Bed and Breakfast she operates.
"I'm all excited about opening it," she said. "Excited about telling people and exchanging their stories. Because whoever comes in who's interested in these kinds of things, has a store of their own that relates to them."
"It's a nice chit-chat time," Samonek added.
Samonek has antiques from across the country and Canada. She also has a special section with items from Africa, where her son, Shaun, currently lives and works.
"I've only collected things that I love," she explained. "I have boxes and boxes. And, if someone falls in love with a piece that I love, it's like sharing love. It's a lot of fun for me."
Some of the items Samonek offers she considers "practical," with many serving a dual purpose, including a lamp which can be used as a champagne bucket, and a candle holder which can be turned over to be used as a candy dish.
"I've tried to keep a good range for different kinds of people who come in," Samonek explained. "Some things are as low as $9, other things are as high as a couple thousand."
Samonek also carries numerous oil and painting and prints, which she hopes to create a gallery out of on her staircase wall.
Every piece Samonek has in her shop, she can tell you a story about.
"I moved from California to Vermont and I just got really intrigued with all this old stuff," Samonek explained of when she first began collecting antiques. "I researched just about everything I have. And, if I have it and you want to know more about it ... I can send you a synopsis of its history."
From bohemian and bavarian glass, to silver dishes, to jewelry, and much more, Samonek has something for a wide-range of likes.
Morningside Antiques and Fine Art, located at 1305 Fiske Road, is open Wednesday through Friday, from 3-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday and Tuesday by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Samonek at 314-7114.