After Six Months in Business, Amenia, N.Y., Antique Shop to be Liquidated at Auction

Happy Endings Antiques, in Amenia, N.Y., will sell off its entire collection before shutting its doors after only six months in Business. The owner says combination of factors—chief among them the poor economy—are forcing her to close the shop.

Happy Endings Antiques, in Amenia, N.Y., will sell off its entire collection before shutting its doors after only six months in Business. The owner says combination of factors—chief among them the poor economy—are forcing her to close the shop.

AMENIA, N.Y. – The entire contents of Happy Endings Antiques—featuring some 500 lots in a broad array of categories—will be sold at an on-site auction slated for August, ending the business after just a six-month existence.

The sale will be a total liquidation of country pieces, painted furniture, 20th century modern, vintage toys, lighting, architectural antiques, advertising items and more. The items—all of which will have their price tags still attached—comprise the collection of the shop’s sole owner, Pamela Haft.

“It looks like there won’t be a happy ending for Happy Endings Antiques,” said Haft, who opened the shop in February. But a combination of factors—chief among them the poor economy, she said—are forcing her to close the business. But, she added, her loss is others’ gain. “Interior decorators, dealers and collectors who attend the sale can expect to get some truly wonderful bargains.”

Happy Endings Antiques is located at 3330 Route 343 in Amenia, N.Y., on the New York-Connecticut line in Duchess County, N.Y., just west of Sharon, Conn., and not far from Poughkeepsie. The auction will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15, and facilitated by Tim’s, Inc., of Bristol, Conn.

“Bidders might want to plan on driving their trucks to this event,” said Tim Chapulis, owner of Tim’s, Inc. “This is not your average auction. Mrs. Haft is a discerning collector, and her shop reflects that good taste. There are three rooms, all beautifully decorated with hundreds of fine antique items and collectibles. It will all go to the highest bidder in one day. Good deals are assured.”

This drop-leaf Chippendale desk with four graduated drawers (circa 1780-1820) will be among the items up for auction at the Happy Endings liquidation auction on August 15.

This drop-leaf Chippendale desk with four graduated drawers will be among the items up for auction at the Happy Endings liquidation auction on August 15.

Some of those good deals in the furniture category include a gorgeous drop-leaf Chippendale desk with four graduated drawers (circa 1780-1820); an old 12-drawer seed chest, rimmed in brass and with a rich patina; a mid-to-late 19th-century cherry English high-back bench; and an English bookcase (circa 1880, from the Arts & Crafts period), with beveled glass doors, about 7 feet tall by 5 feet wide.

Other furniture pieces include an five-drawer early 20th century tiger mahogany chest, designed by Donald Deskey, who was the interior designer of Radio City Music Hall (circa 1920-1940); a beautiful black lacquered table designed by Alvar Allto, the renowned Finnish furniture designer of the 1930s; and a pair of Tibetan benches from the early 20th century, both meticulously painted with ornate decorations.

One piece of folk art certain to pique bidder interest is an unsigned scale model of a wooden red barn, tremendously detailed and crafted with wit and care in the early 20th century. Advertising items include a double-sided trade sign for a shoe repair shop (circa 1920) with only minor wear; and a three-piece figural advertisement for Blatz beer (circa 1910-1930), one figure each for cans, bottles and kegs.

Decorative accessories include a mid-19th century French sewing box with all the pieces intact, made of burled walnut and with stunning and restored figural oil paintings on the box cover and inside (12 inches by 8 inches); a lovely 19th century four-panel folding screen, painted on leather; and a 19th century hobby horse on a sliding base, in excellent condition and with a leather saddle and harness.

A hobby horse from the 19th century on a sliding base, surrounded by many collectible toys, will be sold.

A hobby horse from the 19th century on a sliding base, surrounded by many collectible toys, will be sold.

Talk about a unique antique: an original oil painting on the head of an tambourine, made in the late 19th century. The painting depicts Mont Saint Michel in France, but the piece is English in origin. It is unsigned, but was executed by a schooled artist who knew something about technique. The grandest architectural antique in the sale will doubtless be a monumental pair of 7-foot garden columns.

Haft first became interested in antiques in 1995 when she and her husband bought a home in Sharon, Conn., and furnished it with items bought from local antiques shops. “At first I bought mostly country pieces, folk art, fine art, painted furniture and 20th century modern,” she said. “At that time we also maintained a residence in Manhattan, but starting in 2002 we moved to Sharon full-time.”

Following her husband’s death several years ago, Haft began selling some of her antiques out of booth space in malls like Kaufman’s in Great Barrington, Mass. (now closed). Then, about a year and a half ago, she took space at another shop in Amenia called Artisan Gallery Antiques. But when the owner of that business took ill and closed the shop, she decided to plow right in and start her own business.

However, a continued deteriorating economy, and Amenia’s somewhat remote location, led to the painful recent decision to close the doors of Happy Endings Antiques. “I don’t regret a thing,” Haft said, “and I’m happy that everything I own will soon be owned by many other lucky collectors.”

The auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. There will be a preview the hour before the sale (5 to 6 p.m.) or by appointment, and phone and absentee bids will be accepted, with prior arrangements and approval. There will be no online bidding component.

For more information about the Happy Endings auction or to view the lots, visit the Tim’s, Inc. Web site. Tim Chapulis can be reached by phone at (860) 459-0964, or by e-mail him at tims.inc@snet.net.

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