Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Antiques, Local Crafts Featured at Forgotten Treasures

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Antiques, Local Crafts Featured at Forgotten Treasures

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Treasures from a bygone era and future heirlooms, handcrafted by area artisans, can be found in a new shop in Winfield. A lifelong appreciation of antiques and hand-made crafts has led Brian Racer of Teays Valley to open Forgotten Treasures in a storefront across the highway from the county courthouse.

Inside, visitors will find a variety of antiques and clothing for sale on consignment, as well as craft items produced by local artisans.

"I love antiques personally -- always have -- and I do crafts myself. I just wanted to open up a shop and do something I love. It's a love of antiques and arts and crafts, Racer said.

Racer wants Forgotten Treasures to become a showplace for the work of local artisans. He already has several crafters, including his wife, who are displaying their work in his shop, but he invites others to bring in their works.

Crafted items include crocheted stockings and blankets, furniture embellished with decorative "chalk painting, woodcrafts, woven baskets, hand-made stuffed animals, jewelry and other items.

Racer's craft of choice is woodworking, and he has a few pieces in the shop, including a folk art-style wooden fish.

"I do a lot of custom work; I have a good variety that I'm going to be bringing in, he said.

Another crafter represented at Forgotten Treasures creates decorative lights from old glass blocks. One example on display was done in a Marshall University theme.

"I want to encourage crafters to come in; get your stuff out to the public. Get your talent out there -- show it off.

Scattered about Forgotten Treasures are antiques ranging from furniture to toys to glassware and collectibles.

Some of the antiques are being sold on consignment and some of them belong to Racer and his wife.

"We do a lot of consignments on antiques, he said.

One of the larger pieces of antique furniture is a buffet that Racer said dates to the late 1800s. …

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