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.