There’s nothing that speaks to the very heart of Waxhaw than its antique stores, and with just two of its original 23 left, Welte’s Antiques & More On Main is here to stay! Steeped in family tradition and located at 103 East North Main Street, what was formerly Antiques on Main, got a facelift and new ownership in December of last year.
Mother-daughter team, Lisa and Jessica Welte, bought the store as an homage to their recently passed husband/father, who had spent a lifetime collecting, treasure hunting, and consigning. As Jessica fondly recalls, “My mom called and asked if we’d want to take [Antiques on Main] over and without hesitation, I said ‘yes’!”
Lisa and Jessica source their merchandise via estate sales, other antique stores, and of course, consigners. Their inventory is authentically unique and pristinely preserved. And while their vintage and costume jewelry along with cast iron toys mainstay as top sellers, they also stock ever-popular soaps from France and candles from Germany.
“It’s history. Every piece here has a story, whether it be more or the consigners,” says Jessica.
For customers seeking something specific, the Weltes host a sign-up book where shoppers can leave their contact information and what they’re looking for. The Weltes will then go hunting for it.
As they continue to make their mark on the downtown landscape, they are looking to start again the now-defunct Waxhaw staple of antique shows. “Ideally, we’re interested in renting the space under The Water Tower, to host an outdoor antique market with the participation of other local antique stores and appraisers,” hopes Jessica.
Having spent her childhood antiquing with her father, it was a natural fit for Jessica, and Lisa, to continue their shared interest. And now, Jessica delightfully watches on as HER 5-year-old daughter takes to the family passion. Moreover, with their ample merchandise, fair pricing, and willingness to work with the customer, she hopes to establish a loyalty and vested interest within the community that has brought her so much.