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.