Greensburg's UFO is steeped in one-of-a-kind nostalgia
By Michele Stewardson
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
Linn Andras thinks the new Some Like It Olde at UFO on Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg has all the right stuff with 22 vendors selling antiques and collectibles.
“It's pretty nice,” said Andras, of Latrobe, who searches for “man's things,” including knives, guns and mining things.
“Unique stuff shows up here because of the people selling,” she said.
They include Claude Mears, Ed Wilding, Sue Pantalone and Rick Faylor, who together opened the new Some Like it Olde at UFO on April 1 at 320 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Combined, all the vendors have about 400 to 500 years of experience in antiques and collectibles.
“The antique business is like a separate society,” said Rick Faylor, who owned the former Some Like it Olde Antiques and Collectibles on South Main Street in Greensburg. “Once you have it in your blood, you always come back.”
Faylor said the group decided to incorporate the UFO (Used Furniture Outlet) name into the title of the new business because most people were familiar with the location.
They also decided to stay with the history of the building, keeping a large crane in the center of the room.
The building itself dates back to the early 1900s. At one time it was occupied by McCauley's, which produced memorial markers at the space through the 1980s, before it moved to South Main Street.
The furniture outlet, dubbed the UFO, was housed in the building for the last 15 years.
Although the inventory changes daily, hard-to-find items recently discovered at Some Like It Olde included an Art Deco glider, 1800 tintypes, comic books, a goat's head, paintings, furniture, lamps, cash registers and much more.
“Everybody here always looks for unique pieces,” Faylor said. “The gaudier and uglier seems to attract people.”
Faylor said that the word “antique” technically means 100 years old, while vintage is 30.
Some Like It Olde at UFO features both antiques and collectibles. While something may be old, the group pointed out, that does not mean it is indeed a collectible.
For Mears, who once owned Clay Avenue Antiques in Jeanette, the response to the new business has been about double what they anticipated and mostly through word of mouth.
“There's been nothing but positive comments from everybody,” said Mears. The group wants “to keep the people of Greensburg happy, give them an outlet for buying and bring more people into Greensburg.”
Faylor said he would like to reach the goal of 20 years in business, an indication that they are doing something right. The customer base ranges from college kids to senior citizens.
“We basically recreate people's childhoods,” said Faylor. “I don't know how many times a day I hear, ‘My grandmother had that.'”
Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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