Trader Dave’s celebrates five years in Fort Scott

Trader Dave’s Antiques & More store celebrated their fifth anniversary of business in Fort Scott by joining the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.


“We’re excited to have you,” chamber executive director Lindsay Madison said of the store located near the intersection of Wall Street and Scott Avenue.

The store is open each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is run by Dave Goff and Melinda Collins and their children, David Goff and Jamie Graham. They also sell items online through EBay.

The family often travels to other cities to find and purchase items to sell in their store. Collins said that search often brings them the most enjoyment.

“It’s fun,” Collins said of the family business. “The fun part is picking.”

Estate sales can also bring in items for their shelves. Goff said they encourage people to bring in any items they think could be sold in the store, adding that some of the most popular items right now are old signs, coins and gas and oil memorabilia.

Trader Dave’s also buys gold at a fair, negotiated price, with that price depending on the quality and condition of the item.

Collin’s said, despite their being in business for five years, many people in Fort Scott have never visited the store or even realized it is there. She added they hope being a member of the chamber of commerce will help bring them more publicity.

City Manager Dave Martin said he enjoys visiting their business and could spend hours just looking at the many items for sale.

“The way you take care of your building and do your business says a lot about your family,” Martin said.

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