A Blast from the Past could Change the Future of Lake Panasoffkee

Atomic Age Artifacts is an antique and collectible mall that has recently taken occupation in the former IGA building on North County Road 470 in downtown Lake Panasoffkee.
Owner and operator Roger Taft has announced that the grand opening celebration for the new business is scheduled for July 1, 2017.

Grand Opening activities begin with a flea market at 8:00 am.  Everyone is invited to set up tables in Atomic Age Artifact’s parking lot at no charge.  Those interested in setting up tables are asked to call the store at 352-444-2244to reserve your space.

There will also be an antique and collectibles appraiser on-site during the course of the day.  The public is invited to bring those treasures that have been in boxes for years to the grand opening to find their true value.  Said Taft, “You may be very pleasantly surprised!”

Light snacks and beverages will also be available at the grand opening celebration.
The antique and collectibles mall currently has 18 individual vendors with room for several more booth spaces for those interested in becoming dealers in the mall.  The vendors offer wares including furniture and accessories that are antiques, mid-century modern, vintage, Americana, re-purposed and up-cycled.  There are also vendors with collectible toys, cars, baseball cards, dolls, craft supplies and more.

“That’s what is fun and interesting about malls with several vendors, such is ours”, stated Roger Taft.  “You are able to get a wide range of items that are as different as the vendors themselves.  Each vendor deals in what they love, creating a very interesting cross-section of goods for our shoppers to enjoy”.

Taft knows what he’s talking about with a long history in the antique and collectibles business.  With his father, he opened 1,000,000 Comics which then transitioned to Captain Cosmos Comics and Collectibles from 1991 to 1994 in Laramie, Wyoming. He later reopened the business in Winchester, Kentucky from 2006 to 2011.  He has also participated in antique mall booths, toy shows, and comic con’s along the way.

Taft then moved to Florida where he rounded out his experience in the antique and collectible business as he gained a more in-depth knowledge of the antique market at Wildwood Antique Mall from 2013 to 2016.

Taft said, “I want to help move the antique business forward.  Antiques, at least in Florida, are not readily available.  Nor are they as popular as they once were.  People tend to buy from a nostalgic point of view, which means that they buy what they grew up with.”  Taft continues, “Many people today didn’t grow up with Victorian era dark wood furniture, gold trimmed china or glass milk jugs.  They grew up with Danish modern coffee tables, Pyrex dishes and Star Wars glasses.  I want to create a place where collectors can find thing that bring them back to their childhood, not necessarily to their grandparent’s childhood.”

The name, “Atomic Age Artifacts” was carefully chosen with this idea in mind. The atomic age is generally defined as the 1940’s through the 1970’s. During that time period the term was meant to evoke progress, the future, the industrialization and recovery of America. It was all swooping lines and optimism. Now, looking back at the era the term still defines one of our most nostalgic periods.

Filled with I Love Lucy, chrome bumpers, Hop-a-long Cassidy, drive-in theaters, Barbie, and G.I. Joe. At the same time, most of those things are not by definition, “antiques,” but they are most certainly collectible. The store needed a name that said both progress, and nostalgia. Both moving toward the future, and reflecting on the past. Atomic Age Artifacts fit the bill.

Roger Taft and all the vendors at Atomic Age Artifacts Antique and Collectible Mall look forward to welcoming you at the upcoming, July 1st grand opening celebration in downtown Lake Panasoffkee.

Atomic Age Artifacts is located at 2040 N. County Road 470, Lake Panasoffkee, Florida. 3 miles west of I-75 Exit 321.

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