Antique Lamp Co. and Gift Emporium is located in Buffalo, New York. It is what
some would call a mom and pop store, owned an operated by us, the husband and
wife team of John and Sue Tobin. That's us to the right and our watch dog, Snuggler is to the left. He watches everybody come and go.....
We first became "hooked on
antiques" in the late 1970’s when we began furnishing our first apartment. Our endeavors into the
antique business began serendipitously when we quickly accumulated far more
"stuff" than could possibly fit into our tiny apartment!
What began way back then as a hobby, has now become a full-time operation.
John has a degree in electrical mechanics and had worked in industry for many years before following the dream to open his own antique lighting store. Sue had
been teaching Art in a public school for over 30 years. The pieces just seemed
to fit together nicely - art and technology, form and function, and all that.
in 1997, The Antique Lamp Co. was born and we've been in business selling fine vintage lighting on Buffalo's Hertel Avenue ever since. John's lamps are surrounded by opulent displays filled with unique antiques, china, florals, gifts,
jewelry and accessories of every kind. A few years
later, we added "Gift Emporium" to our name.
Once the World Wide Web phenomenon hit, the internet quickly became the perfect
avenue to help people far
from Buffalo find
the parts and shades they needed for their own antique lamps. Our on-line catalogs quickly became a
necessity. So, here we are now!
It has been a wild and wonderful ride over the years, but the best part of it
all has been the delightful people with whom we've done business. Some
have even become treasured friends and it's because of our family and friends
that we have been able to build The Antique Lamp Co. and Gift Emporium into a business
where nice really does matter. And for us, that's the bottom line.
So now, we hope you'll discover for yourself how nice matters at The Antique Lamp Co. and Gift Emporium!