Finest Vintage Retailer: Fourth Avenue Classic | Better of Flagstaff

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Laura and Invoice Buehler have lengthy dreamed of opening their very own retailer. He dreamed of an antiques store that provided the easiest, stuff you possibly can’t discover wherever else, from classic bikes and bikes to life-size porcelain icons. the belongings you see in television exhibits like american picker both Antiques Street Present, However not often meet in actual life.

Then as soon as once more the constructing occupied by the Flagstaff Farmers Market went for lease and Bühler jumped on the spot.

“When the area got here up a 12 months in the past we thought perhaps the constructing was too massive, we anxious what was going to occur with COVID. We requested ourselves, ‘Will we fail or will or not it’s good?'” Buehler stated. “And that is good. it is actually good. Flagstaff has proven extra love than we thought. ,

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Laura and Invoice Buehler put collectively Fourth Avenue Classic, full with distinctive antiques and classic gadgets.

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Fourth Avenue Classic is filled with treasures – outdated gasoline pumps, information, furnishings, toy automobiles from the Fifties, authentic film posters from the silent period, genuine Persian carpets, with leather-based restaurant cubicles nonetheless in shiny crimson and mint Are wager – identify one thing, particularly one thing obscure, and Buehler in all probability sells it.

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“We’re positively attempting to place it on a special degree,” Buehler stated. “Folks consider vintage shops as simply dishes and doilies and dolls and we need to be a bit of extra edgy than that.”

The store is fastidiously curated, with gadgets massive and small which can be sourced from totally different states. Outdated barns, property gross sales and storage models are only a handful that offer Fourth Avenue Classic. COVID has restricted Buehler’s procuring journeys primarily to Arizona, however, even by the pandemic, they’ve managed to inventory the shop weekly.

“We’ve our common prospects who come two, three, 4 instances per week simply because they know we do truckloads of latest stuff,” Buehler stated. “As a result of we’re so new that some folks nonetheless do not know we’re right here, however those that love us come typically and often stroll out with one thing.”

Each Buehler got here into the outdated commerce by totally different routes. Invoice restored and offered WWII tanks and helicopters and picked up artifacts from the period for a few years. Laura ran a graphic design enterprise along with her mom in Prescott earlier than beginning working along with her husband. Though she later entered the image, she has since develop into an outdated hat within the job with a eager eye for what she calls the “good outdated stuff.”


Close to the register at Fourth Avenue Classic sits an outdated gasoline pump. The store received “Finest Thrift Retailer” within the 2021 Better of Flags contest.

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“While you have a look at one thing classic it is so stunning, and it is nonetheless right here at this time which implies it was properly made,” she stated. “You’ll be able to recognize the effort and time that was put into what was returned on the time. One thing so simple as a bottle of milk. We now eat tons of plastic bottles, then put it in a pleasant glass jar Will likely be delivered to your entrance door.”

Opening a retailer within the midst of COVID wasn’t straightforward, however one way or the other they managed to rearrange the furnishings so folks can social distance and say goodbye to their two sons each morning to allow them to run the enterprise whereas each of them frolicked on Zoom. Accomplished education.

“We need to thank Flagstaff for being so great and supporting this dream,” Buehler stated.

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