Antiques, home furnishings store opens in Amherst

  • Inside Catch My Thrift, a new store that has opened in downtown Amherst. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Sunday, September 10, 2017

AMHERST — A new business specializing in antiques, home furnishings and accessories opened in downtown Amherst last week.

Catch My Thrift, operated by Amherst native Robert Chesnut, had its grand opening at the end of August in the Summerlin Building at 11 East Pleasant St.

Chesnut said the store will have furniture, mirrors, lamps and clocks, and decorative items, including artwork, wood, glass, porcelain and baskets, as well as jewelry. The inventory is purchased from local and regional estates.

“I’m very excited about selling second-hand goods,” Chesnut said.

While Chesnut has had a lifelong passion for buying and selling antiques — at age 13 he graduated from the International Auction School in South Deerfield and that same year opened his first antiques business with his mother, Antiques by Elaine and Robert — he planned the new store after earning a degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts in December.

The space between Cousins Market and The Pub restaurant was most recently used by Amherst Computerworks Inc., a computer repair store that opened in 1990.

Catch My Thrift will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended days at the beginning of the school year.