An interview with Tom Schmidt and Debbie Boothe, owners of Phog Bounders Antique Mall at1084 Commercial St., Astoria.

Tom Schmidt and Debbie Boothe are the owners of Phog Bounders in downtown Astoria. Grandmas' attic seems to have found a place in this store. In fact, several grandmas' attics occupy every inch of this 3,000 square-foot building. Everywhere you look you will find treasures from the past. Everything from clocks, airplanes, coins, pictures, plates, toys, swords, art, medals and, well, if you can imagine it, it can be found here.

Phog Bounders is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week except Sunday, when they close at 4 p.m. Call 338-0101 for more information.

What would you like to tell readers about your business?

Schmidt: "It is an Antique Mall. About 24 separate dealers have their own space and each space has its own personality. There is something here for everyone. In addition to the dealer spaces, we also buy items. We are interested in individual items all the way to full estates. I started collecting antiques when I was 12 years old. We have thousands of items here."

What determines the prices for these collectibles?

Schmidt: "We have guidebooks and we know what the market will bear. Many times our dealers will set their prices according to what the item is worth to them, and that might be below the current market value. It really is possible to find a really good deal here."

What can you tell us about your volume of business?

Schmidt: "We have a very large turnover, especially in the tourist season. Merchandise here is constantly moving and what you find here one week will change the next."

What is the most interesting aspect of the antique business?

Boothe: "I love the variety of items that come through and I enjoy talking to many different people. It is fun to see the things grandma used to have."

Schmidt: "Everything that comes to the store provides a constant history lesson."

What was one of the most interesting items to come through the store?

Schmidt: "The Wizzer! It was a 1950s Schwinn bicycle. While it was here, it drew a lot of attention."

Tell us about your sister store.

Schmidt: "Pacific Coast Antique Mall is located across the river in Seaview, Wash. It was our first store and now we have partners there, Gary and Sue Skinner. The building in Seaview is twice as big and has 55 dealers."

- Bob Duke


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