Sauer Furniture & Antiques Celebrates fifty A long time Of Business

-Monroe News photograph by TOM HAWLEY&#thirteen Sauer Household furniture &amp Antiques is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Pictured is operator Norman Sauer.&#13


To Norman Sauer, his work is a great deal like the Television set show “American Pickers.”

“When I discover one thing old in an attic I’m think­ing about who touched it previous or previous wore it and what conversations had been experienced more than it – it thrills me to death,” said Mr. Sauer, owner of Sauer Home furniture &amp Antiques in Monroe.

This June and July, Mr. Sauer is celebrating his business’ 50-calendar year anniver­sary.

Mr. Sauer’s father, Harold, started LaSalle Furnishings in 1964 subsequent to a lumber lawn on S. Dixie Hwy. south of Dunbar Rd. with then-fifteen-year-old Mr. Sauer as a business partner.

Harold was confined to a wheelchair owing to perni­cious anemia and advised his son he would do every­thing on the enterprise end if Norm did the bodily labor. When his father told him it would be less complicated than cutting the grass on his grandfather’s farm in LaSalle the place the family lived, the teenager was quick to be a part of.

They began selling new home furniture, and by 1974, Mr. Sauer acquired the then­defunct lumberyard up coming doorway. A 12 months afterwards, his dad retired.

“He advised me little busi­ness, small headaches and massive business, huge head­aches,” he said.

His father did, however, impart some wisdom on his son ahead of retiring.

“He mentioned, ‘Go into employed household furniture simply because the prof­it margins had been far better, but you have to stroll about and locate stuff,’ which he couldn’t do simply because he was in a wheel chair,” Mr. Sauer stated.

When the economy spiraled down in 1982 and Mr. Sauer could not manage to acquire new furnishings or protected a mortgage, he shut and acquired utilised home furniture and antiques, reopening below the current title. He and his son, Justin, now operate the retailer.

Although he even now sells some new household furniture, Mr. Sauer provides everything from an­tiques to Victorian trinkets to war memorabilia dating as considerably back again to the Spanish-American War.

“I do not treatment if you’re male or feminine, eight or eighty, one thing in below will appeal to your fascination,” he stated.

Mr. Sauer explained what can make him enthusiastic to go to work every working day is currently being ready to get new inventory.

“The relaxation is function, but the enjoyable is finding,” he stated.

The father-and-son staff have to keep on best of trends, and objects that are promoting properly now are beer and fuel station symptoms.

“It’s because they see that that’s what the ‘American Pickers’ are buy­ing,” Mr. Sauer explained, who described displays like that one and “Pawn Stars” have been supporting organization in latest a long time. “This area has a male affect … since it is all what guys want not a good deal of girls are purchasing.”

Other well-liked traits Mr. Sauer sees is people getting aged tables with various type chairs and painting them distinct hues.

“It’s how men and women embellish now, so that’s what every­one wants,” he explained. “In 5 years it will be some­thing various. I’ve observed a whole lot of developments appear and go in 50 several years.”

Mr. Sauer plans to con­tinue heeding his father’s tips and adhere with resale.

“There’s a tiny bit of everything for absolutely everyone below,” he explained.

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