Market Place of Chapin ready for shoppers to browse selection of antiques, furnishings

Janice and Scott Lane welcome shoppers to the Market Place of Chapin. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Janice and Scott Lane welcome shoppers to the Market Place of Chapin. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Local artisans, collectors and crafters have a new place to showcase their wares with the Market Place of Chapin.

The Market Place has filled quickly since it opened on Dec. 1 with trinkets, handmade décor, vintage furniture, memorabilia of decades past and more — much to the delight of local shoppers.

“People said Chapin needed something like this,” said co-owner Scott Lane. “The response has been overwhelming.”

Although they still work in the medical field, Scott and Janice Lane had a goal to stay busy and financially stable even after they retire. Using their experience as owners of Capital City Real Estate Investors, they decided to open the shop as a way to connect to more people in their community, give local collectors a chance to make extra money and display the artwork Janice creates using reclaimed materials.

“We found something we both liked to do,” Lane said.

The Market Place of Chapin boasts treasures for all tastes and features items ranging from glasswork to Coca-Cola memorabilia and jewelry to handcrafted furniture. Many of the 20 individual dealers who sell at the Market Place have vintage décor and antique collectibles.

“We have a little bit of everything,” Janice said. “I’ve always been into collecting so this allows me to do that. The dealers often buy from each other.”

The Market Place of Chapin has 20 individual dealers selling a wide assortment of collectibles, home furnishings and more. (photo by Rachel Ham)

The Market Place of Chapin has 20 individual dealers selling a wide assortment of collectibles, home furnishings and more. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Lane said building up the variety of rare items at the store will advance one of his goals of attracting shoppers who typically go to Newberry, Prosperity and Little Mountain when on the hunt for antiques.

“We want to help form an antique corridor with us being one of the major stops,” he said.

The shop’s opening also gives people another option when they want to shop local.

“We offer the community a reason to not have to drive into Columbia or Irmo to shop,” Lane agreed.

The Market Place of Chapin already has expanded its size once in its short history. When the adjacent Chapin Pawn Shop closed, the Lanes opened up a second large room on the back side of the building and added more dealer space. A few vendor spots remain; people can rent a full section at $120 or $150 a month or negotiate for a smaller display.

“We make room for just about everybody,” Lane said.

The Market Place of Chapin celebrated joining the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, which also coincided with the Lanes’ 26th wedding anniversary.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday but will expand in the spring.

Call 206-1935 or stop by 1632A Chapin Road for more information on becoming a vendor.

Categories: Business, Lexington County

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