Are you a fan of “The Antiques Roadshow” on PBS? Does your idea of a fun weekend include visiting local flea markets and antique dealers? Do you wish there was more information out there about local businesses that sell antiques?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you’ll want to check out ChautauquaAntiques.com, a new website devoted solely to antiques and antique dealers located throughout Chautauqua County.
ChautauquaAntiques.com is the county’s only online resource when it comes to antique collecting - whether it be furniture, tableware, jewelry, time pieces, or any other type of collectable.
Not only can you find frequent blogs from various local contributors, but a complete listing of every antique dealer throughout the county can also be found in the store directory, along with information on local flea markets, antique-related events, local museums, and more.
“I noticed there really isn’t an online presence when it comes to learning more about antique dealers in our area,” said the website’s creator and area resident, Elizabeth Gleason.
Gleason’s appreciation for all things antique began at a young age and carried on through college, where she studied art history and archeology, eventually receiving a degree from the University of Buffalo. For the past decade, she’s been involved with her own web design business, but still managed to find time for antique collecting.
“I’ve enjoyed collecting antiques and visiting various shops for some time,” Gleason said, “so it only made sense to create a website that can be used by both dealers and collectors.”
ChautauquaAntiques.com already contains a listing of nearly 50 different antique dealers from throughout Chautauqua County in its online directory.
In addition to the businesses from within the county, the website will also feature dealers and events from neighboring counties, including Cattaraugus and Erie counties in New York and Warren and Erie counties in Pennsylvania.
“The name of the website is ChautauquaAntiques.com, but I realize there are many other dealers outside of the county in nearby communities and we’ll be happy to feature them in our directory as well - free of charge,” Gleason said. “The goal is to create the most comprehensive listing of area antique dealers and stores throughout the region and so far we’re off to a very good start.”
As mentioned earlier, local museums can also be featured on the website. They need only send in their press release, photos, or event information and it will appear on the website, free of charge. The same applies for any not-for-profit group that wishes to utilize the service offered by ChautauquaAntiques.com.
Gleason also welcomes local dealers to submit information to be posted on the website, including upcoming events and festivals. Guest blogs about antique collecting are also encouraged, and businesses to have an option to advertise with the site if they’d like to increase their exposure.
“When you advertise on the site, you not only receive prominent exposure throughout the website, but we’d also write a feature and place it on the website,” said Gleason, adding the content would also be shared with the people who follow ChautauquaAntiques.com on Facebook, Twitter, and other related media.
For more information, visit ChautauquaAntiques.com or send an email to info@ChautauquaAntiques.com. You can also stay up-to-date with the website by following it on Facebook and Twitter.