Story and photos by Ken Sury
There are many hidden treasures to be discovered at Cedar Chest Antique Mall. And then there are the high quality parts made in the USA at Steve’s Antiques.
Steve Reinke is a former Waco firefighter who started buying and selling antiques in 1992. A friend based in Ohio travels to the Northeastern United States and along the East Coast to pick up antiques. antique furniture and buys it on behalf of Reinke and other like-minded antique dealers.
People who are refreshing their homes for spring can find the unique decor they are looking for by driving down Highway 84 at the Cedar Chest Antique Mall.
But these finds are rarely ready for showrooms, Reinke said. The real work begins after the parts arrive in Waco. Reinke restores antiques, stripping them of old coats, then applying up to five to six new coats of stain until they are satisfactory.
Sometimes he has to carefully disassemble the wooden furniture and put it back together.
“I love the craftsmanship of antique American furniture,” he said, pointing to the oldest piece in his collection, a 1780 Pembroke drop-leaf table. Next, he shows the handwork on the “legs. dolphin “hand carved on an Antebellum era table.
While he appreciates the many visitors who come to McGregor to check out his antiques and other vendors at Cedar Chest, many out-of-state residents – often from out of state – are ill-equipped to bring back his. antiques at home.
“I’ll have a group of women who come out and love the antiques, but they already have four suitcases already filling the back of their car and there is no room for the table or furniture they want.” , did he declare.