Logan Antiques

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Actually located in Mt. Pleasant, interestingly enough. I love the sign out front. When I went to go in the bottom entrance I, sadly, saw a sign that said “no cameras” so I quickly retreated. I found that curious, why wouldn’t you want someone to take photos of your shop? And is that such a big problem that you post a sign saying no cameras? Is this a famous store that I’ve just never heard of?

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  • Maybe they’re saying they don’t sell cameras?…probably not.

  • Ah, obviously that’s a typo: NO GAMERAS. So if you’re looking for the mutant turtle from Monster Island to do battle with your antique Godzilla figurine, look elsewhere. Drag, dude.

  • No they mean it. The guy got really pissy with my wife when she took the same picture.

  • The store is famous around town for the character of the owner. From what I’ve heard (friends used to live above the store) he’s kind of like the soup nazi for antiques. This is only second hand info though ’cause it intimidated me enough to never go there. But it looks like he’s got great stuff.

  • The owners were (I guess still are) activists in the Mt Pleasant neighborhood. Check out the “Images of America: Mount Pleasant” book by Mara Cherkasky; gives a good overview of how the neighborhood has come of age and even has a neat 1970s era photo of Logan helping to organize an early Mt Pleasant Day festival. Definitely can’t be characterized as anything like the soup nazi. Neither of the owners, a married couple, approach that level of consternation. They own one indie business on Mt Pleasant street that’s survived it all; well, by all I mean the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.

  • I’m guessing they don’t want photos taken so people can’t take the photos to appraisers/ competitors/collectors? I’m also thinking that people could take photos of items, and attempt to sell those items for higher prices, thus making the store a middle-man for dealers, while also letting those dealers make a profit without assuming any risk (no overhead, no inventory that doesn’t move etc).

    I had a garage sale last summer and a guy came by with a scanner attached to a PDA, scanned all the books for sale, and bought a huge stack of the ones he could re-sell on amazon. For me, it was more of a “Damn! Why didn’t I think of that??” moment, but for a store owner, it’s loss of potential business.

  • Both Tim and Anonymous are correct. The owner is a Mt Pleasant fixture and someone who weathered all the different eras, as a haberdasher of sorts in the 1960s and 70s, as an antique dealer since then. But I went into the store in 1995 when I moved here and he was a total dick to me. I’ve said a few words to him since then and he’s been less of an a-hole, but he still is very much not a nice man. There were many older baby boomers in 1995 who looked at people like myself, 20 something college grads with lame government jobs, as yuppies who came to take over their neighborhood. We did, now they’re 55-65 and still every bit as mean as ever.

    I call the guy Archie Bunker, because he complains so much and has such outdated opinions and I know that for a boomer like him, being the Archie Bunker of the neighborhood would be the comment that would hit home the worst.

  • I own a similar business but I encourage people to take photos. If they can make a profit and am happy with the price I sell to them for, they will come back and we both win. That being said, sometimes people can get ridiculous about it and demand you practically rearrange your store so they can get great pics of every darn little thing. Maybe the owner of Logan got tired of this sort of thing…

  • When I read that the owner didn’t want pictures taken, I assumed it was because some of the items may be hot, that is stolen property that’s being resold.

  • Toby – Nah, Logan would never knowingly sell hot goods. He’s just got strong preferences.

  • overpriced trash.

  • i’ve been in that joint.
    it’s kind of funny
    as long as you are just ‘looking around’, there’s no problem.

    the guy is just full of himself and angry.

    if you try to bargain, good luck.

    you might even be banned from his store.

    he’s just a leftover freak from an era gone by.

    but i encourage all to check it out.

    he won’t be around for much longer…

  • I’ve been in there and thought Logan was nice. I’m in my early 20s and had no problem at all. Then again, I’m polite to everyone I meet, so perhaps that accounts for some of it.

  • I grew up 1 block away on Kenyon. When I was a kid Logan owned the dry cleaners next to the Raven Grill. Iwas always fascinated by the wooden hat molds for “blocking” hats that were among all the junk that was piled against his windows. He was always like a cranky giant with that amazing scary beard (I was a little kid, yknow).

    I guess he doesn’t want people taking his photo without knowing what you’re going to do with it. A privacy thing i suppose, and I really don’t blame him for that.

    I have never been in his “antiques” store while he was there but I did buy some cool little plaster figures of Ben Franklin and other historical figures from his wife. She’s pretty friendly.

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