From apples to antiques

Posted By | October 17, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
Carl Brasel, the local fruit market entrepreneur decided to try something different. In fact, he decided to try something totally different.
Most people know Carl Brasel because of the fruit market that he owned for over 20 years.
But about two years ago, he decided to try something different, and going from fruits and vegetables to antiques, was just the change he needed.
He and his wife Martha, now own Brasel’s Antiques and Collectibles located on West Bockman Way, and have been there for about two years.
“We try to get something for everyone,” said Brasel. “We want to have enough different items that when you leave, you can’t go home without it.” And the Brasel’s have worked very hard at providing a variety for their customers. Whether it is an antique, a coin or collectibles, they do have something for everyone.
Much of their merchandise is purchased in Knoxville or from estate sales.
Not only do they have a significant collection of glassware and cast iron; they also have Barbie dolls, books and records.
They have an enormous selection of Griswold and Wagner cast iron frying pans, Dutch ovens and cornbread pans to name a few. They also have a wide selection of granite ware and glass including Fenton, depression glass, carnival and amber.
They have crock pieces of all different sizes, bells and dolls, dresser scarves and candles. A complete array of cookie jars is also displayed, including holiday collections and those for every day use.
Brasel’s also has items for coin collectors. They have been collecting for years and the coins range from Indian head pennies to silver dollars.
Their extensive selection of antiques and collectibles makes for a fun place to shop, but even more interesting is the furniture they carry. The Brasel’s go to Knoxville where they hold auctions from estate sales. These sales include estates from Tennessee, Alabama, Massachusetts Connecticut, and New York, to name a few.
Their furniture is in mint condition and includes items such as an 1880 parlor set, an 1895 tiger oak dresser, and an 1870 walnut sideboard with marble top and a 1921 cherry secretary. These are only a few pieces of antique furniture they have available.
Whether looking for a Christmas present, or shopping for the home, Brasel’s has it all. From pitchforks and yard tools, to exquisite furniture for the home, they do have something for everyone.
Brasel’s is open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They are located at 222 W. Bockman Way and their telephone number is 837-2805.

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