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The Caroline Collection of Antique Treasures

Ernie Wiggins Ernie Wiggins
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Visitors to The Caroline Collection antique emporium in the historic AT&T Building in Denmark might very well experience sensory overload. Every inch of each of the structure's three floors - and the space in four other nearby buildings - has been given over to the display of vintage furnishings and ornaments from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Clocks, portraits, armoires, posted beds, hand-painted lamps, china, statuary and garden items are among the thousands of pieces that have been collected by proprietor Caroline Boyd. Each item bears a lovingly handwritten card describing the piece, its origin and asking price. The elegantly crafted notes harken back to a day when such care was commonplace. They seem perfectly suited for an operation located in a structure on the National Register of Historic Places.

The AT&T Building was built in the 1920s and served as a hub for long-distance calls moving along the East Coast. Denmark's location made it a prime spot for a switching station for New York-to-Florida calls. In like manner, the building's location is contributing to the success of Boyd's enterprise, she said.

Many of Boyd's customers are day-trippers who drive over from Aiken and Augusta, down from Columbia or up from Charleston. Reviewing notes left in the guest registry, I saw visitors heard about the collection via word-of-mouth (they did not specify if a telephone was used) and through relatives, specifically in-laws.

Other visitors, Boyd said, are out-of-state travelers driving along U.S. 321 or U.S. 78 who see the "Antiques" banner and stop in.

If you're going:

The Carolina Collection is located in the historic AT&T building, 4659 Carolina Highway, Denmark, at the intersection of U.S. 321 and U.S. 78. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Ernie Wiggins
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.