But for Thomas Knepshield, the season can actually be best spent getting ahead on business. Because unlike most 14-year-olds, Thomas is a small business owner. The high school freshman at St. Xavier in Kentucky is the proprietor of Thomas' Antiques and Collectables, which focuses on vintage
It all began in 2012 when Thomas was in Atlanta for the University of Kentucky vs. Baylor game. His family took a trip to the World of
“After visiting the Coke museum in Atlanta, I always thought Coke stuff was cool and easy to find,” Thomas recalls.
He decided to attend his first yard sale, in search for a piece of
Thomas has acquired a few large
As Thomas's collection continued to grow so did his passion for the business-side of his hobby. He knew he wanted to expand his collection but recognized the space and financial requirements for that endeavor. So he found Clover Cottage Antique’s nearby, who conveniently had an open spot for selling. Thomas jumped on the opportunity, set up his space, brought in the items he was prepared to sell and began his venture as a business owner. To date, Thomas has sold over a dozen collectibles and is hopeful to find more success as he develops his collection and business.
Although he is the youngest seller at Clover Cottage, Thomas is already incredibly knowledgeable about what customers want. He keeps his eyes open for particular items that appeal to collectors and he ensures that they are available through his business. For example, because of his experience with
Next on his wish list is a porcelain sign for his personal collection. “Porcelain signs were made a long time ago,” Thomas notes of the special commodity. “They are old, rare and expensive. They are hard to find because a lot of them are in collections and authenticity is key.”
Thomas hopes to attend business school after college and aims to continue his collecting business throughout his future career. If you are visiting Peewee Valley, Ky., stop by Clover Cottage Antique Mall and check out Thomas’s collection.