New Owners Host a Weekend of Special Events and Expert Appraisals at the Solvang Antique Center

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The world-renowned Solvang Antique Center sells to new owners after 35 years of service and dedication to their clients.

The Solvang Antique Center, one of America’s most respected Antique Collectives, celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting change of ownership.

Dwight and Arlene Steffensen have purchased the Antique Center from its founders and specialist antique clock dealers, Ron and Julie Palladino. The Steffensens have ambitious plans to build on the legacy of this much loved business, while continuing to provide the high level of product quality and customer service that has delighted customers from all over the world.

Their corporate identity, LEADS, is an acronym for their family initials—their children, Lisa and Eric, and their own names, Arlene and Dwight Steffensen. Their mission is to grow the business through leadership techniques Dwight successfully applied during his rise to the top of three highly successful distribution companies. The Steffensen’s core business strategy is to be leaders in their industry, not followers.
Born in Fresno, California and sweethearts from the age of 15, Dwight and Arlene have recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They have two children and four grandchildren and currently share their time between Solvang, Cambria and Carmel.

The entire sales and support staff will be remaining on, and are excited about the expansion of the Antique Center. They welcome both regular and new customers to call on them for any and all of their antique needs. Ron and Julie Palladino, internationally-respected antique clock dealers, will also be continuing on as part of the Solvang Antique Center team, focusing on the acquisition, restoration and sales of the high quality antiques their customers have come to expect from this unique business.

Celebrating with an Entire Weekend of Special Events:

April 10th and 11th will be “An Adventure in Antiquing”, the first of many special events that the Steffensens plan to host at the Center. There will be a wealth of informative and entertaining antique programs taking place from 10 am to 4 pm both days, plus a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception Saturday from 4 pm to 8 pm. There will be free “Antique Roadshow” style verbal appraisals in the categories of pre-1920’s antique clocks, watches, music boxes, toys, and decorative accessories. In addition to antique clock dealers Ron and Julie Palladino, a host of specialty antique dealers representing over 500 years of combined experience will be present throughout the weekend to demonstrate and share their knowledge of the antiques on display.
Additionally, the prestigious firm of World Gemological Services will be on hand, offering a 25% discount on written appraisals of estate jewelry, gemstones, gold and silver. Whether for insurance valuations and updates, estate planning and resolution or buying and selling jewelry, a professional appraisal is a wise investment to protect your jewelry. Please phone 805-686-2322 to reserve an appointment for jewelry appraisals.
Specific hours of the April 10th and 11th weekend events:
Meet and greet the new owners of the Solvang Antique Center
Saturday April 10th—10 am to 8 pm; Sunday April 11th—10 am to 6 pm.

Free Verbal Appraisals in specific categories (antique clocks, watches, music boxes, toys and decorative accessories made prior to 1920).
Both days, 10 am to 4 pm. (Appointments Available)

GIA Certified Jewelry Appraisals at 25% discounts:        
Both days, 10 am to 4 pm. (Appointments Required)

Complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception
Saturday, April 10th from 4 pm to 8 pm.

About Solvang Antique Center:

The Solvang Antique Center is one of the most comprehensive antique businesses in the US. Whether you are buying, selling, consigning or require restoration work of almost any kind, they have the talent available to satisfy the most particular collector. Their perfectionist packing department provides delivery safely and insured. With over 30,000 satisfied customers worldwide, their experience in long distance deliveries spans three and a half decades and encompasses nearly every corner of the globe.

Backed by 35 years experience in the antique field, the Solvang Antique Center has clearly earned its reputation as one of the finest antique collectives in the country. Antique clock dealers and collectors from far and wide depend upon this unique business as a source for quality antiques at competitive prices. The unique museum-like environment showcases 65 exceptional antique dealers from as far away as London. A tour of their user-friendly website will give you a good overview of their vast and diverse inventory, as well as details about their April 10th and 11th Antique Adventures Weekend. Call 805-688-6222 with any questions or to schedule appraisal appointments.

The Solvang Antique Center is located at 486 First Street in Solvang, and is open seven days a week from 10 until 6.


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