If an antique collector or art enthusiast is looking to round out their collection by acquiring a Victorian glass candy dish or a Belgium tapestry, they don’t have to go to Atlanta to find one. Chances are a visit to LaRue’s on Broadway will result in a purchase they can’t live without.
“We try to specialize in unique hard-to-find pieces,” said LaRue’s co-owner, Jerred LaRue.
LaRue along with partner, Anthony White opened LaRue’s on Broadway in December 2009. They will celebrate the store’s one-year anniversary from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11.
LaRue said his love for antiques began at an early age. “I love treasure hunting, you never know what you’re going to find.”
According to White, LaRue’s on Broadway is an antique store for collectors by collectors. White said one aspect that sets LaRue’s on Broadway apart from other antique shops is they base the sales price on items on what they paid for it, not necessarily on its book value.
New pieces of art, antiques and collectibles come into the shop daily, LaRue said. He said that one of the things that enjoys most about the store is showing customers around and sharing information about antique pieces. He provides customers with information on things to look for when purchasing antiques and collectibles.
LaRue and White said they want their customers to feel like they’re at home. They offer refreshments and conversation.
In addition to specializing in Victorian furniture and glassware, LaRue’s also offers Ebay services on consignment.
“We put a lot of heart into our Ebay consignment,” White said. He added that every item is individually photographed and detailed information is collected and posted on the auction site. Their Ebay consignment services aren’t limited to antiques. They will consign anything that has value, White said. They have overseen successful auctions of everything from hand-carved folk art items to a diamond Cartier watch.
LaRue, who studied interior design and classic art, also offers free appraisal service. He will perform research, find a comparable and provide an estimated value of the antique item or collectible.
To reach out to the art community in Blount County, LaRue’s on Broadway features one artist a month in the gallery portion of the store.
“We want to give back to the art community,” LaRue said. He said he wants to provide a revenue source for artists by featuring their works, especially during the Last Friday Art Walk through downtown Maryville each month.
White said that he and LaRue are pleased they chose Maryville to open their business because of the people in the community. In the next year White said he plans to get his auctioneer’s license so they can an auction component to what they offer clients and customers.
During the one-year anniversary celebration, nine items will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Hope for Today, Blount County Habitat for Humanity and the Blount County Animal Shelter.
La Rue’s on Broadway is located at 117 East Broadway Ave. For more information about their services, visit www.laruesonbroadway.com.