"I got into the business because my parents liked antiques, so I grew up liking them too. They couldn’t afford to buy a lot of pieces, but they owned a china cabinet, table and chairs, and a buffet. A matched set. Mama was always telling us to be careful around them, don’t mess them up. Well, I was the youngest of eight kids, and one time I was doing a school project on the buffet and using black shoe polish. I laid the bottle down and it leaked out and made a big ole spot, a stain that wouldn’t come out. There wasn’t anything I could do. Let’s just say Mama was not happy. I don’t know where that buffet is now, but I imagine that stain is still there. I felt bad about it, but I was a kid, you know."
Chris Abraham is the owner of Echoes of Time at 1725 Madison. The shop carries a little of everything, including lots of shutters, frames, ironworks, and windows and is a great place to browse.