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Horsefeathers – A Day Gone By

Fans of Horsefeathers Antiques have a window to get some pretty good deals in months to come. Not to say that there’s a fire sale – far from it. But owners Hank and Cindy Sontag are attempting to wrap up their retail business sales on Chandler Street after 30+ years in the business. Hank is no longer in buying mode, which means that he’s actually serious about getting out of the business.


“I’m not selling the building though,” Hank told me. “Where else will I out all of this stuff? We’re selling a lot of stuff right now, but there’s so much here that it’s not even making a dent. So it’s going to take a long time. We might open for a day here or there… but for the most part it’s not going to be open to the public (except through the holidays as the current sale is underway).” Hank is also going to be selling his current antique and vintage inventory at auction houses, which is another excellent outlet.


If you’re wondering what a sale means to Hank, then chances are that you are already familiar with Horsefeathers. They guy collects top of the line merchandise, and everything has a story. “No reasonable offers will be refused,” he imparted to me. “Some unreasonable offers will be accepted.”


Testing out the sale opportunity, I inquired about a couple of original retro-modern Italian lamps that I had coveted for years, but was never able to afford. I asked Hank how much they were and he came down in price drastically from what he first told me (and then each year after that). Then I countered. And countering to Hank is usually the death knell of a purchase. But he looked at me and countered back, and stated, “If you counter me back, the lamps will no longer be for sale, to you or anybody else.” I looked in his eyes and I knew that he was serious. So I extended my hand and a deal was made.



Over the years I have come away with some interesting items from Horesfeathers. Not many, but enough to know that Hank can be a fair wheeler and dealer. His inventory is stellar. Walking through the place is like a trip through time. If you have an interest in antique markets, it doesn’t get any better than this.


Partial proceeds of every sale moving forward go towards local charities.

Horsefeathers Architectural | 37 Chandler Street Buffalo, NY | 716-523-8331 | Call for days and hours of operation



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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