Rocky Mountain Antiques Carries On In Spite of a Flood, Road Repair and Covid

By Peggy DeStefano
     Rocky Mountain Antiques is a great place to visit! It is right at the gateway to Estes Park on W. Eisenhower Blvd. in Loveland, Colorado. Anyone headed to the Park or returning from the Park would find it a perfect addition to his or her travels.
     Owned by the Bean family, Debbie Bean has been the manager since 2013. Since she took over these responsibilities, the business has survived a flood and the road to Estes Park being closed for repairs for three long years. They had one good year since these challenging events and then Covid hit!
     The shop has continued on through thick and thin! And their customers appreciate that nothing has stopped them. When we visited, the place was humming. Customers were coming in, shopping and buying. Rocky Mountain Antiques would be the envy of any antique store.
     The Beans have been in the antique business since 1989. Their experience with and their enthusiasm for their shop is wonderful. Describing their inventory, Debbie tells us, “We have mostly antiques and collectibles. We have low end to high end so it fits everybody’s budget.”
     There is turquoise jewelry, arrowheads, marbles, glassware, artwork, and quality antique furniture. There are man cave items, which include tools, tack and fishing gear. You can also find Asian items, Czech glass, costume jewelry and toys newer and 70s. There are lots of sports cards, which is great thing for people to do during Covid. Basketball cards are now worth 100 times what they were a year ago so said a customer who bought a slew of them while I was there. He told us a case of Panini basketball cards is worth 30 grand today. Comic books are really back in, too. I also noticed that they had a whole section devoted to postcard collecting.
     The store rents out space and is a multi-dealer mall. Currently there are 40 dealers in about 4300 sq. ft.  Requirements for dealers are that they have had some experience with the business in the past. They also have to work their booth. Debbie prefers that they have no flea market stuff and that they stick with antiques or mid-century. The mall does not take things on consignment and they have a waiting list for their showcases.
     There is a LaQuinta motel right across the street from the Antique Mall, so if you plan to stay the night, there is a convenient place to stay before or after you visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain Antiques.
     Open seven days a week from 10 to 5, the store is really easy to visit. They take credit cards, cash or checks. They are on Craig’s List Marketplace. They have a website, Facebook and Instagram. Go to Facebook page is Rockymountainantiquesinc. And their email is Rkymtnantiquesinc@gmail. Or you can call them at 970-669-7440.
     Why not make a point of stopping in? You will enjoy the wide range of inventory and the cordial atmosphere at Rocky Mountain Antiques. I know, I did!

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