FARMINGTON — Christine Geisser wasn't interested in opening another full-time antique store. She already did that.
As sole proprietor of Broadway Antiques, her days were full, manning the store during daytime hours and delivering and purchasing items nights and weekends.
The idea of combining efforts with a friend, Susan Richards, and featuring antique items, including some from other dealers, for a semimonthly two-day sale event, was appealing.
It's a competitive business and it's difficult, she said of running a full-time antique store.
When Richards' brother, John Moore, owner of Narrow Gauge Cinema, recently purchased the former Crop Paper Scissors store building at 168 Front Street, they filled the main floor with a variety of antiques, vintage items, home accessories and jewelry. They are items that are just right for a camp, castle or cottage, she said.
They held a sale Dec. 8 and 9 and were busy Dec. 28 with a second sale.
"It's been so successful, we agreed to continue this way," she said.
Known as Camp Castle Cottage, the two-day event means having time to be there and to focus all my attention on the customer, Geisser said.
The items will remain set up as a store, but the sale events will only take place twice a month on Friday and Saturdays. The next sales are planned for Jan. 11 and 12, and 25 and 26.
Items will be changed to something different all the time, she said. It's a nice mix of antique or vintage items in a setting that was once Chester Greenwood's earmuff factory.
Items for each sale are posted on their website, campcastlecottage.com, and are updated daily, she said.
"John has been very supportive and is trying to help revive Front Street," Geisser said.