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  • Lost in the Woods Antiques: Keeping the past alive

  • David and Jayne Hasik love antiques...literally. Their first date was to an antique shop.
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  • David and Jayne Hasik love antiques...literally. Their first date was to an antique shop.
    So, when their house became overflowing with treasures, they decided to open an antique shop in downtown Waynesville.
    "We like to keep the past alive by finding items and bringing them out into the public," said David.
    In January of 2012, the Hasiks, who met while serving in the Army, opened Lost in the Woods Antiques.
    "We have just made so many friends since opening," said David. "People say they like the vibe."
    "The vibe" is the 1950s musical atmosphere provided by a working jukebox that resonates throughout this 1,400 square-foot shop. As well, David noted that the trend today in antiques is to have them be functional not just decorative.
    "So when you buy a butter churn, it usually is going to be put to good use," he said.
    David noted that the store's location on Old Route 66 is another secret to their success.
    "Jayne and I have met people from all over the world who are traveling The Mother Road, he said.
    Part of their customer service, as well, is running a digital consignment shop where the store will sell items that people bring in or need to get off their hands. David said that there isn't a continent that they haven't shipped to.
    "When you open a business, part of the plan is to figure out what demographic you will be dealing with. No business model could have prepared us for the eight to 80s demographic that makes up our customer base," said David. "We have lifelong residents, military retirees as well as active duty all along for the ride. We like to think our regulars are family and thank them for joining us on this big adventure called Lost in the Woods Antiques."
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