This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Pam Joklik, owner of Country Home Antiques, has always loved antiques. Pam grew up in England, and she and her sister, Claire, would often go to neighborhood antique shops just to look at what was available. When Pam moved to Salt Lake City from Connecticut in the mid 1970s, she missed antique shops like they had in England and France. So in 1996, Pam opened Country Home Antiques in Salt Lake City, a shop specializing in 100-year-old English and French antiques.
Claire still travels around England and France looking for classic items, which she ships to Pam. Pam often gives her sister a list of items she needs for customers, and it's Claire's job to find them. Pam prefers finding her antiques in England and France instead of Boston or New York; however, because the dollar isn't as strong as it was in 1996, it is becoming more expensive to purchase furniture for Utah.
Everything in Country Home Antiques is hand-selected. The store sells everything from dressers and armoires to copperware, pottery and prints. Pam says ceramic yellow and green pots from France are an especially popular item. Country Home Antiques also sells reproduction chairs. It's hard to find 100-year-old chairs in good condition at a fair price, and Pam tells me most chairs that old can't be used for sitting. Pam and Claire look for antiques made from all different woods including pine, walnut and fruitwood.
Antiques can be used in rooms as accent pieces with more modern furniture. Pam says many people mix and match antiques with other furniture, and many enjoy putting chairs and tables together from different eras.
Pam enjoys helping people find the antiques they're looking for at a reasonable price. Aside from buying and selling furniture, Pam also helps her customers by giving suggestions about what wood or style would look best for a particular room or setting.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.