FRONTLINE: Shop Talk

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Narberth’s Sabine Illias has an eye for a great find. For years she went antiquing for the sheer fun of it. But after her house became too crowded with stuff, browsing and not buying didn’t hold the same appeal. That’s when she and neighbor Karen Araiza came up with Nanny Goat Antiques, the semi-annual sale where Illias passes on her finds to fellow antique lovers. “Our first sale last spring was a huge success,” says Illias. “People came back multiple times during the weekend.” The sale was so well received they decided to hold another version in the fall. “We serve mimosas to everyone who comes in—even if they’re just browsing,” says Illias, who sees the sale as a community event.

Illias and Araiza have dedicated numerous weekends to collecting furniture, glassware, mirrors, lamps, architectural pieces and much more for the event. “We buy things that we love,” says Illias. “And things that are affordable.”

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Illias also invites female artists and other creative types to sell painted furniture, jewelry and more. “We love the hunt of finding these things,” she says. “It’s a joy to see someone buy one of our finds.” April 28-29, May 5-6; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m; 428 N. Essex Ave., Narberth; nannygoatantiques.com.

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