Antique Mall offers an eclectic mix

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‘We seek things you don’t normally see’

  • There’s a little of everything at Antique Mall of Fredericksburg, as, from left, Jane Marshall, Doug and Sandi Klein show off the store’s merchandise. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
    There’s a little of everything at Antique Mall of Fredericksburg, as, from left, Jane Marshall, Doug and Sandi Klein show off the store’s merchandise. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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For a few years, Doug Klein knew Antique Mall of Fredericksburg owner Randy Kinchen and developed a strong kinship with him.

“I lived about three blocks away from the antique mall, and Randy knew if he never needed help, he could pick up the phone and I could be there,” said Klein, referring to when the mall was on the east side of town. “I was self-employed and only about three to four minutes away. We’d haul furniture and lift heavy items.”

Klein had spent years working in the estate maintenance business. When Kinchen died in 2014, he left the antique mall business to Klein.

“That’s how we came about owning the business — simply by chance,” said Klein. “We’re very fortunate and grateful to have it, and what a lesson it was all the way around. It’s been a great opportunity for all of us.”

The store subsequently relocated to 116 North Crockett Street, Suite B.

“Dealers who rent from us will donate two days per month, working toward the good of the store to help maintain the business itself,” said Klein, whose wife, Sandi (a teacher and professor), sometimes can be seen at the store, pitching in and meeting customers.

Jane Marshall, who worked for Kinchen and has been with the store for 18 years, described the merchandise as “eclectic.”

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