Antiques Take Over Brazos Center

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Antique dealers from all over the nation filled the Brazos Center with precious antiques. Shoppers were able to browse through thousands of special items such as historical war guns, rare toys, sterling silver and even political memorabilia.

But some treasures, like a letter that was written during the civil war, are a little pricey.

"We've got about $500 on it," said Luke Peace, antique dealer.

Albert Pedulla used to be an architecture professor at Texas A&M, but he and his wife left their careers at the university to explore antiquing, something he calls a second childhood.

"We're working harder now than we ever did when we were working at the university," said Albert Pedulla, antique dealer.

All those antiques don't just appear on the shelves, dealers must research the history of each item before it's sold.

"We have to do a great deal of research to find out what it is, what it's worth, and you know how to sell it," said Pedulla.

"You get it and you say what have it got. Well, we find out sometimes by Barnes & Noble, sometimes the library. Wherever you have to go and find books you can always find out, somebody's always been there before you," said Peace.

Antiquing isn't an easy business, dealers say they spend anywhere from nine weeks to nine months on the road.

"We do about 25 shows a year and we're getting ready to go on an extended trip and we'll be gone for about nine weeks," said Pedulla.

"After a couple weeks you say, boy I'd sure like to have some just good old fashioned mashed potatoes and gravy, which sometimes you just can't get on the road," said Peace.

But dealers say a good turn out makes the hard work worth it. This weekend hundreds of Brazos Valley residents came to the antique show and took home old items that were new to them.