TIME FOR CHANGE: Country House Antiques owner Paul Moses is selling the Newrybar store.
TIME FOR CHANGE: Country House Antiques owner Paul Moses is selling the Newrybar store. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Newrybar antiques business owner eyes new horizons

AFTER nearly two decades selling antiques, Paul Moses of Country House Antiques in Newrybar is ready to move on.

Much like the antiques that sit on his shelves, Mr Moses has a story to tell.

After 25 years as a panel beater, the physical strain had taken its toll and it was time for a career change.

"I came back from overseas and I knew I didn't want to do that (panel beating) anymore," Mr Moses said.

"A friend of mine had a corner shop in Bangalow opposite the urban café.

"He had that for sale and my partner then said 'why don't we start up a shop' and I said 'yes'."

With no prior experience in retail and an aversion to shopping, Mr Moses said running his own antiques business has been a steep learning curve.

"I'm sure I used to run my old shop like Black Books," he said.

Mr Moses recalled one episode of the sitcom where the customer offered to pay two-thirds the asking price of a book, and the shopkeeper ripped out a third of the book and said there you go.

"Well I did a similar thing with a table that just happened to have a loose leg and the person said I'll give you $600 for the table and I said fine, and pulled the leg off and said 'have it with three legs'," he said.

"I felt that people got in the way of good business and that's part of the reason my heart stopped."

Four years ago, Mr Moses's heart went in fibrillation and he spent two days in the emergency ward unable to move.

"I knew very, very clearly in that two days that all the choices I'd made for 53 years had led me to that bed," he said.

"From then I learnt that the reason I was in retail was to meet people."

Offbead ads on the Country House Antique's Blackboard

'Antiques made daily'

'Junk collected, antiques sold'

'Dead people's stuff now on sale'


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