This week in honor of Valentine's Day, we're introducing you to TWO of our dealers, a husband and wife who each have their own distinctive space at Woodstock Market.
Levi and Bonnie Hughes have been with Woodstock Market since the very beginning. Levi has a showroom aptly called Levi's Junk Store. Bonnie's showroom resembles a Victorian bungalow and is called Blue Cottage.
WM: Give us some background on yours and Levi's marriage. We want all of the details like how did you meet? How long have you been together? How many kids and grandkids do you have?
Bonnie: We have been married 53 years. When we met I was working at a Kay Jewelers that was on the Square in Marietta. Levi was in the Air Force stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base and was a customer at Kay's. He would come twice a month to make payments on a watch. I always remembered his name because I thought it was very unusual. A girl I worked with started dating Levi and eventually they would double date with my boyfriend and me. The other girl ended up finding a new fellow and asked me to go with Levi to a special activity at the base in her place. That is how it started, we were just friends but that changed slowly into the Great Love Story!! We have two children, a daughter Katherine, and a son Kerry. Our daughter has a son, Brandon, who has a set of twins, a boy and a girl, that will be a year old in March and a daughter, Sara. My son has a son named Levi after his grandfather.
WM: Do you search for merchandise together? Would you say your picking styles are similar or are you opposites?
Bonnie: We are usually together when picking merchandise but not always. Levi generally goes for the more rustic, manly things for his booth, but I also like some of the same things. I go for the antique furniture, paintings and glassware, however Levi also likes antique furniture. Sometimes I put a piece of my merchandise in his booth or he puts a piece of his in my booth if it would sell better in that setting.
WM: Are y'all competitive when it comes to your spaces and sales?
Bonnie: We are a little competitive but only in a fun way. Sometimes he will sell more than I do and sometimes I sell more, but there are no hard feelings involved. We do however keep our antique money separate, he pays for his, I pay for mine. That prevents arguments. We each decide what we are willing to pay for an item and the other one does not interfere. I think that is the best advice for couples working together in antiques, but it may work better for those of us who have been together for a long time.
WM: Do you two have any special Valentine's traditions?
Bonnie: We used to go to dinner and dancing in our younger days. We still go to dinner, but not usually on the 14th because it is crowed in most nice places. Sometimes there are flowers with a funny poem, but Levi likes to do the unexpected, so I'm never sure what he will come up with.
Here's a slideshow of items from both Levi and Bonnie's storefronts:
We hope you will follow Bonnie on Facebook as Blue Cottage.