In mid 2016, after years of dealing in antiques and estate sales, Pagliaroli purchased his dad's old shop location from his mother and began the process of remodeling the small store-front with the help of his father in law, Doug Beck who is in the construction business here in Oswego. “The remodeling was completed in two months and took a great deal of effort.” said Pagliaroli “It was in pretty rough shape.”
On December 19th 2016, 'The Traveling Antique Man' opened it's doors.
“We needed about two weeks to stock the store with some really interesting antiques.” Pagliaroli told iHeartOswego, and that was an understatement. We found an Optometrists wooden roll-top cabinet, complete with lenses from around the early 1900's. A scary sign from the 1960's proclaiming SCARLET FEVER, a notice from the Department of Health, in Oswego. This was interesting to me as I had contracted Scarlet Fever as a toddler and the sign sort of put a stamp on that time of my life here in Oswego. The Rural Index Compass System Map and Localized Almanac for Oswego County (60's or 70's, early) caught my eye, as I love history and maps. Pagliaroli said that he specializes in Sterling Silver objects but clearly we found him to be an Oswego history buff just like a lot of us who fell in love with the city we grew up in.
There was however, a show stopper! A small object, made for a child, about twenty-two inches high and sixteen inches across. This solid wood chair with a leather seat, once belonged to Dr. Mary Walker and was given to her patients child (Dorothy Manor), with whom Dr. Walker had become very fond of. The chair was given to Miss Manor just before Dr. Walker left Oswego, NY.
All in all, this shop was worth the small and easy side trip and the owner was extremely pleasant and welcoming. So when you are headed out to Hamilton Homes, Bosco's or Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, make it a point to give yourself 15-20 extra minutes to stop in, and feel the history. We are always glad to see, not only the restoration of a building but the addition of an already thriving business to our city.
For more information, visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheTravelingAntiqueMan, thetravelingantiqueman.com, or visit their store at 243 Duer St., Oswego, NY 13126.