In 1990, after he had closed his Early American Furniture store, Homer Marple began looking for something to do with the building that had previously housed his store, an applesause warehouse located in Hilton, NY.
He decided to run a craft show, which drew 15 vendors and many customers. By the next year, the numbers had doubled. Soon, he opened a permanent co-op in his applesauce warehouse in Hilton that drew people from far and wide to shop for the unique offerings in the Co-op’s charming atmosphere.
Unfortunately disaster struck in 2001 and a devastating fire wiped out the building and its contents. Within 10 months, Mr. Marple reopened the doors to the Craft Antique Co-op on West Ridge Road in Greece.
Today, the Craft Antique Co-op is a favorite shopping destination for for unique and novel items that can’t be found elsewhere. With two floors and more than 150 vendors, there’s something for almost everyone on your list.
As you walk through the doors, you’ll be struck by the enormity of the building, yet you are seeing only a small portion of the cavernous bulding that has vendors on both the ground floor and downstairs. Their selection includes new merchandise, handcrafted gifts, home decor, new and vintage furniture, collectibles and timeless antiques.
To give an idea of the variety, I’ll share some of the finds I’ve purchased there for myself, friends and family:
- a black wooden credenza in excellent condition for my office (vintage)
- a pair of size 11 ladies figure skates (new)
- hot mitts and chef’s apron in the Cardinal football team’s pattern for a male friend who’s a Cardinal’s addict and avid cook (Handcrafted)
- Handmade American Girl doll clothing for my neice (handcrafted)
- A talking Shrek figurine for my nephew (new)
- Dozens of beautiful screwback earrings for a friend whose ears aren’t pierced (vintage)
- A collectible knife with an eagle carved in the handle (new)
- A lit Christmas scene with miniature figurines (Handcrafted)
- A set of quilted fabric placemats and napkins (new)
- A fur muff (antique)
- Several Nativity scenes (vintage/antique)
The selection must be seen to be believed, and most of the items are very reasonably priced, even the furniture.
Throughout the year, the Craft Antique Co-op holds special events such as its Doll Show and its Fall Festival, but anyone who’s ever been there between early November and Christmas will tell you how much they enjoy the Dickens Christmas Festival. A London town scene greets you as you walk through the door, the Co-op participants are dressed in period clothes. Don’t be surprised if you run into Tiny Tim, the three Ghosts or Ebenezer Scrooge himself! Throughout the Co-op, holiday music plays and you’re very likely to hear live choral music as well. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit!
The Craft Antique Co-op is located at 3200 Ridge Road West in Rochester and is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November 6 through Christmas Eve, they are open additional days and extended hours, so be sure to check their schedule.
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