Past & Present Antiques and Gifts - Waseca, MN

 

 

 

Past & Present Antiques and Gifts

Waseca, MN

 

Sandi Prange and her husband Randy started in business together in the late 1980’s when they purchased Waseca Glass.  For nine years Sandi worked at the business and during that time she developed a small gift shop inside the store.

She always wanted her own shop though, and Randy was supportive and wanted her to have it too.  Then in 1997 when the old Gas and Service Station on North State Street in Waseca came up for sale her dream became reality.  They purchased it and with the help of family and friends began a complete renovation of the space.

And so, on April 15, 1997 an old service station took on a new life and Past & Present Antiques and Gifts was officially born.  The store features 5,000 square feet of creative displays using antiques, furniture, silk florals, jewelry and a “Car Room” featuring a 1948 Plymouth – a “must stop and see”!

Sandi credits much of the success of Past & Present to her wonderful employees.  She noted that she always tries to have employees work in the areas that they enjoy, but her group is always willing to help out in all aspects of the business.  The displays change regularly as do the antiques and other products.

Early on Sandi heard the saying, “You can’t be everything to everyone”, but then she said, “I can’t help myself”.  Over the years, as retail has gotten more and more difficult – especially in smaller towns – it’s become harder and harder to source unique and quality antiques.  So, in addition to a large and varied mix of Antiques and Collectibles she also carries repurposed items, gifts, seasonal merchandise (both old and new), as well as jewelry, and wall décor.  “I love finding and displaying new, “old things” (Antiques) as well as some new and repurposed merchandise”, she says.  And the many varied displays you’ll find throughout the store bear that out.

Past & Present is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and from Noon to 4pm on Sundays.  Sandi and her crew invite you to stop in and browse.  They’re certain you’ll find something of interest!

 

Past & Present Antiques and Gifts

1101 North State Street

Waseca, MN 56093

 

507-835-4000

 

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Monday – Friday: 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday: Noon to 4 pm