The best bargain in Charleston SC antiques shops is the six dining room chairs now at Relics Antiques, in the inside Flea Market area, open on weekends and at special request.
It is not easy to find six matching antique chairs for a dining table with a lot of style and fashion that fits in easily with the contemporary style of mixing and matching old things and periods. They can cost a thousand dollars or more in an expensive antique shop, and then you seldom find six nice antique chairs anywhere.
These chairs have a rustic, country look, with an old original finish, similar to an alligator finish, but it’s not too dark or thick or crackled. It has just the right look. It’s perfect for a large country table with old boards on the top. They are unusually well made, with three stretchers in the front to secure the legs. It gives it a Victorian look. The chairs are probably from the 1880’s or later. They don’t make furniture like that today, especially chairs that so often fall apart after a few years, or one heavy person. It’s a whole lot better than anything at Target.
You could expect to find them on the cover of House Beautiful or Elle Décor with a classic rustic wood boarded top table. The seats were recently re-caned by Dean Howard who is an expert at that kind of restoration. They were left the natural color which makes a nice contrast to the original dark finish.
The chairs are in the space of Dean and Lois Howard who managed and ran the Charleston Antique Mall in Avondale for many years. They are very familiar with the antiques business in Charleston. They also have a lot of sterling silver in an old glass case among other things. They have some of the best things at Relics Flea Market, and bring in things from their own collections from time to time.
Interested people can contact Relics Antiques in Red Top, on HWY 17 near Bees Ferry Rd. in Charleston, SC.