Tuesday, November 11, 2003
DALLAS -- As an antique dealer, the word for Pat Osborne is unique.
And she's willing to go the extra mile -- or more -- to find it.
"I just like old junk, to tell the truth," said Osborne, who last month opened Hidden Treasures at 119 SW Court St. in Dallas.
"I like anything. I like everything that is beautiful and unique. The old masters, things that are hand-carved, you don't see that kind of work any more. Come into the shop and you'll find lots of unique and unusual items.
"I look for something that is not common every day. I search a long time before I buy a lot of different things. I don't have things other people have. If I have to go 500 miles, I go."
Osborne didn't have to go quite that far when she recently relocated her home and business from Bandon to Dallas. She was born and raised in this area and largely returned to be close to her sisters, Barbara and Linda Theiss (who are married to brothers) and Louise Larfield.
Osborne has been in the antique business for more than 20 years. Her sisters are helping out now that she has moved the business to Dallas.
"I have always liked the Willamette Valley," Osborne said. "Seeing how all the other sisters were here, we thought we'd get close together and appreciate these senior years. We all work fine together. We're old enough that we don't have real tempers any more, I guess."
Osborne has a vision that includes more than her own shop. She's quick to point out, in fact, that Hidden Treasures is not the only antique store in town.
"I want to make this a destination place where people want to go," she said. "I want to make it a town like Aurora and start pulling people off the highway. We have lovely shops here in town. People just don't get around to see them. There are other antique stores around that are as good or better. We all carry different stuff."
For Osborne, "different stuff" includes a oak furniture, glassware, china and a doctor's buggy that's more than 100 years old.
"I have a wonderful 1890s doctor's buggy from Oshkosh that's in immaculate condition," she said. "I bet you couldn't find two of those across the whole United States. I've got about a dozen people who already want to use it for weddings. We've had a lot of calls on it, and we haven't even advertised it. We just like unusual."