Anastacia's Antiques | 617 Bainbridge Street | Philadelphia, PA
Vladimir Antaki bought his award-winning series The Guardians to Philadelphia in March, leaving some amazing life-sized portraits along our famed South Street. The Guardians bear and safeguard tradition, the know-how, and memory of their temples. They represent the antithesis of supermarkets, shopping centers, and the big chains.
Vlad always looks for new Guardians amongst his host city. Philadelphia was no exception. He traversed our streets and captured the portraits of nine shop owners whose stories will find homes in other cities. By now, you know the drill...Vlad takes the Guardian's photo within moments of meeting them so the viewer can experience that feeling of inquisitiveness when meeting someone for the first time. Afterward, he asks the Guardians to tell him their origin stories.
You've met our 1st Guardian - Curtis from Via Bicycle. Now, let me acquaint you with Anastacia Fahnstock from Anastacia's Antiques. I think this might be the only stop that we actually planned. Anastacia's is such a unique experience; the shop is a well-guided tour through some amazing moments in history.
So without further ado...
Meet Anastacia "Stacy" Fahnestock, 58, from Philadelphia.
She's been selling antiques for 31 years.
She's married to Scott Evans and they run the store together.
They started their business from a grassroots beginning, back in the early 80's. They both had an art degree; Anastacia was waitressing and Scott was a carpenter.
Anastacia needed to have her wisdom teeth pulled, in order to gather the money, she and Scott used their trash picking skills to hunt for antiques to sell. They made $500 on their very first weekend and that's how they decided to use their gift of knowing what people wanted to start selling goods they would find on the street.
Twice a month, on Saturdays, they would have a street sale and their following would grow bigger and bigger, week after week. So they decided to make it more official.
Back in 1985, they heard about the opening of a flea market in a former synagogue and decided to rent a space there for $200 a month.
They moved to their current much bigger location in 1996. It was a rat-infested shit-hole, the neighborhood wasn't safe but they decided to buy the building from the owner. They've been there ever since.