WINSTED — A longtime antique shop on Main Street has reopened, offering a wide array of treasures.

Villa’s Corner Gallery, at 304 Main St., reopened Sept. 18, welcoming treasure seekers to a shop filled with sculpture, memorabilia, collectibles, paintings and mirrors, jewelry and other vintage items.

Richard Villa, now deceased, was the original owner of the shop that first opened in 2000. He also ran an auction gallery in Norfolk and later in Canaan. Villa’s closed about a year and a half ago, according to co-owner Brittany Schultz.

“We’ve been working on the store for a while,” she said. “With the lull from the pandemic, we’ve been able to clean the shop and get it ready, to go through the inventory and, reorganize it.”

Schultz and her husband Jesse Schultz, Richard Villa’s grandson, are now running Villa’s with other family members, including Jesse’s mother, April Villa; his brother, Travis Schultz; and brother-in-law Thomas Schultz.

“I think (Richard Villa) would be happy to know the store’s opened back up again,” Brittany Schultz said. “It was a real passion of his. He was a collector and loved dealing in antiques.”

Schultz, an art history major at the University of Hartford, assists the family by researching the value of items before they’re put up for sale. She and her husband live in Winsted.

The Villa family, she said, has been in the antiques business for more than 60 years.

The shop’s inventory comes from the family’s own buying trips. “We do auctions, flea markets, other places, mostly in Connecticut,” Schultz said. “We were traveling a little more to find things, but with COVID-19, we try to stay closer to home.”

“We’re pretty excited to have the store open again,” she said. “On our opening weekend, we have quite a few people stop by. It was fun to see so many new faces come out to meet us. It was awesome .. We had a great turnout every day.”

Villa’s collections also include antique glassware, lawn and garden ornaments, antique rugs, a small collection of books and furniture. “We have a wide variety of furniture, from antique to contemporary,” Schultz said. “If we find a nice newer piece, we don’t pass it up.”

Villa’s does not offer consignment services, but the family is always willing to consider buying a good item if the price is right. However, Schulz said, “We have a lot of stuff.”

“If someone has something special, we can always take a look,” she said.

The Northwest Corner is a popular part of Connecticut for antique hunters, she said. “There are a couple of other vintage shops in town, but they’ve been closed, probably because of the pandemic,” Schultz said.

To reach Villa’s Corner Gallery, call 860-738-7923 or visit https://www.facebook.com/villascornergallery/ The store is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

Connecticut Media Group