Retrospect Antiques and Vintage Goods owner Dan Morgan stands amidst some of the merchandise for sale at his store.
When Dan Morgan resigned from his job as deputy executive director of the Covington Housing Authority to search for another position, the economy began to sour and career opportunities dried up quickly. That's when the idea of running his own business entered his mind.
"I had a hard time finding a job, so I thought I would make my own," Morgan said.
Morgan turned to the familiar -- antiques.
Part of a family whose roots go back generations in Covington, Morgan said he grew up surrounded by furniture, art and other housewares that had been passed down by his ancestors.
"I always had an appreciation for them," Morgan said of antiques.
In May, Morgan opened Retrospect Antiques and Vintage Goods at 2169 Pace St. in the Morgan Plaza. The store carries a variety of furniture, dishes, glasses, artwork and jewelry. Morgan said some items are on consignment, others came from his family's collection and some he purchased from dealers or estate sales.
"My original intention was to rent out dealer space but I'm not having the turnout I hoped for so I decided to take consignments," Morgan said.
Morgan said he hopes his store becomes another option for shoppers looking for antiques in the Covington area. There is already an antique shop across the way from his and a few antique store on the Square just up the street.
"I'm really just trying to establish another alternative in Covington. I'm not trying to compete with other ones," Morgan said.
Among his collection is a set of Gone With the Wind collector plates which include images of movie stars in the roles of Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Wilkes. He obtained the plates from his aunt's collection.
"You see Rhett and Scarlett for sale in other places, but it's unusual to have Melanie and Ashley," Morgan said.
Retrospect also carries necktie chairs -- old chairs with seats that have been removed and replaced by ties woven together and fashioned into knots on the underside. Morgan, who holds a degree in home economics from the University of Georgia and has an affinity for art, creates the chairs himself.
Retrospect is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call the Retrospect at 770-786-2222.