Antique store built out of lifelong interest
LUBECK – A man who enjoys collecting and dealing antiques has opened a store south of Lubeck.
Ryan Cline, 45, worked for Simonton Windows until eight years ago, but has collected antiques for more than 20 years.
“I’ve always had an interest in antiques,” he said.
In August, Cline opened the Wagon Wheel Market, 1 1/2 miles south of Lubeck on West Virginia 68, where he specializes in antiques and primitives beginning from the early 1800s.
Among the most appealing are A.P Donaghho pottery jugs from the 1800s that cost from $75 to $2,000, he said. Alexander Polk Donaghho in 1870 moved from Fredericktown, Pa., to Parkersburg where he built an oven at Pottery Junction, present day Murdoch and Emerson avenues, because of the clay.
The Wagon Wheel Market is Cline’s first venture into an antique store. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, said Cline, who also coaches wrestling and pee wee football.
The prices in the store are reasonable, he said.
“I price my stuff to sell, not to hold onto,” Cline said.
He also has handmade Amish furniture from the 19th century.
Many of the items come from estate sales, he said. Some he finds on his own.
“I’ve searched and I’ve picked,” he said. “Some people come up with stuff.”
Among his favorite television shows is “American Pickers” on The History Channel, the story of two guys who roam the back roads of America looking for treasures in heaps of junk.
The show is accurate on how items can be found, Cline said.
“I don’t know 100 percent, I’d say it’s pretty realistic, actually,” he said.
However, Cline said he has yet to go to the same extremes as the American Pickers.
“Not yet anyway,” he said.