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Fulton’s Folly closing: What’s your best memory?

photo(60)Fulton’s Folly Antique Collective in the Tower District is closing. The last day for the group of 35 antique vendors is Wednesday, when the store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lots of good sales going on right now (I was just down there and the place is hopping).

Before we get too morbid about losing this longtime business — it’s 32 years old — I suspect we have not seen the last of Fulton’s Folly or its vendors. Owner Joanne Peterman has sold the building. She says she may find a smaller place to run a similar business, or she may just retire. And even if she doesn’t reopen, many of these antique vendors are bound to pop up elsewhere. I’ll keep you updated on that. (And no word yet on plans for the current building.)

In the meantime, a place full of treasures like this brings up lots of memories. Do you have any? Any special gifts or finds? Feel free to share them in the comments sections. For me, it was the day I was browsing the store and stumbled across a gorgeous 1950s-style yellow, off-the-shoulder dress. It was one of those Oh-my-gosh-I-have-to-have-it moments. Even if it didn’t fit, it was the kind of thing you could hang on the wall like art. But, at $50+ it was out of my price range and I walked away. I must have talked that dress up big time because a few days later my new husband came home with the dress. He had walked into Fulton’s Folly, asked them to point him to the yellow dress. He even took it to the seamstress nearby who said she could fix the little tears. It fit (barely). That dress hung on the bedroom wall of our apartment and to this day hangs on my dressing room wall in our house.

Responses to "Fulton’s Folly closing: What’s your best memory?"

Heather P says:

This makes me so sad! Like you, I’ve no doubt that several of the vendors will pop up in other places, but my chap and I have spent many a relaxing afternoon browsing and buying there. He’s purchased my last four birthday gifts there, too, including vintage beaded bags, vintage cigarette box and matching tabletop lighter, and indulging my obsession with vintage handkerchiefs and tablecloths.

I hope something fun and fabulous fills that space soon!

blake says:

I have a couple of nice ones. The best would probably be how nice the ladies were when I was looking for a birthday gift for my wife. I knew she liked ‘art-deco’ and garnets…and in one fell swoop (or actually two)…I ended up with a cool birthday and a Christmas gift for her. The two most stressful gift buyings of the year—solved by the nice and helpful folks of Fulton’s Folly.

Aileen Imperatrice says:

Several fun finds there such as my original Happy Steak food tray, black and white photos from the movie The Long, Long Trailer staring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, many advertising logo mascots . . . I could get lost in the place for hours just looking through everything. Also very nice that I could attend some of my artist friend’s exhibits there when they were just starting to show their work in public for ArtHop It’s a treasure trove that will be missed in the Tower.

Delaine Zody says:

I may have been in Fulton’s Folly once. I remember the building as Ollenberger’s. Loved that department store.

Lisi says:

I used to go to Fulton’s Folly with my grandmother. We would spend hours looking at every little thing. As an adult, I bought some great gifts for some cool young ladies there (and some stuff for myself). I always appreciated to warmth of the ladies there- you could chat them up all day.

ginny derosa says:

whenever i get to fresno – at least once a year – this is my favorite store. have bought lots over the years. very disappointed in its closing. will be up in fresno in march and wondering where my favorite dealers have located to. the dealer who had the space where the coffee machine was – she also had the space by the parking lot door and the litle corner in the back. where is she now? want to find her. thanks.

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