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Haggle Shop Antiques mark 48 years

June 27th, 2012 11:35 am by Staff Report

Haggle Shop Antiques mark 48 years

The Haggle Shop Antiques, at 147 Broad Street and 154 Commerce Street, has over 100 dealers who share in their success.

In 1964, a new rock and roll band called the Beatles was creating a furor in American culture. Music was purchased on vinyl records and The Haggle Shop Antiques opened in downtown Kingsport.

For 48 years, Bob and Joyce Grills have seen various presidential administrations come and go. They have experienced numerous economic recessions and have seen changing trends in sales, home decoration and furnishings. Their lives were blessed with a son and a daughter, Robert Jr., and Kimberly.

They relocated the shop they had initially to include consignment and many other appealing items. The next step included booth spaces for dealers and a need for additional space continued. The Haggle Shop Antiques, at 147 Broad Street and 154 Commerce Street, has over 100 dealers who share in their success.

A customer can purchase almost anything they want or need in the two locations. Anyone can find memorabilia from the past, including old trunks, vintage clothing, fine furniture and antique furniture. Modern items are also available. Collectors will find retro furnishings, crystal, depression glass and so many other items.

"Almost anything you want, you can find here," Joyce Grills said.

And when she says almost anything, that’s exactly what she means. A cursory glance reveals Elvis and Marilyn memorabilia alongside old trunks, children’s toys from the 1950s and 60s, fine furniture, chenille bedspreads, vintage clothing, pictures, multitudes of china and glassware and much, much more.

Bob Grills increased his knowledge of many items including historic and collectible books, records and prints. Bob and Joyce's continuing goal is to help every business become known and successful. They and over 100 vendors give their customers the best merchandise for the most reasonable price. Customers receive quality items that are suited to their budget. College students are among their many customers.

Another service of the Haggle Shop is conducting estate sales for people who are downsizing or relatives who need to sell personal or their family's belongings. Whether it's selling a large estate or helping one customer find an item for their home, Bob and Joyce excel in creating a sense of fun and adventure. This attracts so many customers and friends to their shop. They engage in haggling over an item.

The Haggle Shops are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

For information about estate sales and downsizing, please call 423-230-1090 and ask for Joyce or Kim. The Haggle Shops have repeat customers from many states. They became well-known through advertisement and word of mouth. The 48th Haggle Shop "Sale-A-Bration Sale starts Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bob and Joyce, along with their dealers, invite the public to this event.

The truest measure of the Haggle Shop's success the past 48 years has been the great antique dealers, customers, patronage, and friendship.

Bob, Joyce and family.

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