WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - While the beach draws visitors to southeastern North Carolina when it's warm, the cold month of January brings in people looking for treasure.
A huge antique show will take place in Wilmington at the end of the month, but the antique business is prominent in the area year round.
Wilmington's history dates back into the sixteen hundreds, but it is antique items much older than that which brings many antique lovers into the port city.
Most of the city's antique dealers had their shops on Front Street for many years, but many have moved out of the downtown area, to just a few blocks away, here on Castle Street, and have transformed that part of the city into a true antique district.
In all, there are about 20 antique stores spread across Wilmington with about 250 thousand square feet of display area.
Each has it's own special niche, some specializing in large furniture items and other in small trinkets. Moore says right now, he is seeing a lot of customers looking for the small collectibles.
Bettie Biggagi has been in the antique business for years, mostly in New Hampshire, where she ran a collectible business and small store. She feels the antique business in the South is far ahead of Northern States.
Whether you are looking for a small item or something bigger to fill up a room, January is a great month to buy, because store operators say they are ready to deal.