Sadie's Antiques and Uniques proprietor Teri Hartbarger, right, along with sales assistant Amy Hanes, stand amidst some of the items in the store, located in the former Tattersall's book store building in Olde Town Conyers. Hartbarger and her husband, Steve, enjoyed refurbishing antique items for years and decided to start their own antiques business as a chance to do something different following the recent economic recession.
CONYERS - Teri Hartbarger explained that starting Sadie's Antiques and Uniques in the former Tattersall's book store building in Olde Town Conyers was a dream come true that came out of the nightmare of losing a home and job.
Teri and her husband, Steve, had dealt in antiques as a side business to managing rental property and Steve's job as an iron worker at the Georgia Capital.
Then the recession hit and in 2009 Steve had lost his job. They eventually moved into a rental house they owned after losing their home.
Work came back to Steve, but at less pay. Teri said money was coming in, but then Steve was injured.
Everything was pointing to do something else, she said. We prayed about it, and I talked to (Steve) about it and said You know, we really enjoyed the antique thing and I want to open up a store.'
They agreed the new business would be a leap of faith and they would go as far as the Lord would allow them. They sold off a lot of their belongings and Steve's welding equipment to invest in the business and, within a few months, opened Sadie's Antiques and Uniques in the Tattersall's building, located at the corner of Railroad and Center streets.
The business is named after their 3-year-old granddaughter. Teri said they hope to one day keep the business in the family and let Sadie run the store, but if not, We hopefully can have more grandchildren.
With 6,000 square feet in the two-story building, the Hartbargers have attracted about 20 vendors to sell a wide variety of antique furniture, housewares and decorations.
The unique part of the business comes from what one can find there. A framed photograph of Humphrey Bogart sits on an end table across from a collection of vinyl albums and a china set of dinner plates and glassware.
Teri said the store has items dating back from the late 1800s through the 1960s. The majority of the items sold are also local.
We do a lot of shopping in Conyers. The uniqueness of this place is that you can buy vintage jewelry for $10 or less, which is really nice if you want to keep it within a budget, she said.
They also hope to display the works of local artists. Paintings by local artist Enid Rose currently hang on the walls.
We're hoping to get more local artists in here for the hallways and upstairs, she said.
Sadie's Antiques and Uniques is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 770-761-8555 or go to the store's Facebook page.