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November 27, 2013

Longtime Marblehead fixture is closing its doors

Sacks Antiques has filled corner shop at State & Front streets since 1920

MARBLEHEAD — Sacks Antiques, a fixture on State Street for nearly 100 years, will soon become part of Marblehead history.

Owner Stan Sacks is holding a retirement sale for the family business next week during Marblehead’s annual Christmas Walk.

“Everything has to come to an end,” said Sacks, 89, of Newton.

Frank Kaminski of Kaminski Auctions in Beverly — a friend of Sacks for 25 years — will handle the closing sale. It was Kaminski who advised Sacks that now, while he is in good health, may be the time to wrap up the family business, which traces its roots to an antique repair shop his grandfather opened in 1899 on Charles Street in Boston.

Sacks built his business by buying and selling things that he likes — right down to the last teacup.

“Almost everything in the shop, if I come to purchase it, I have to like it,” he said.

Asked if one can make a good living running an antique store in Marblehead, Sacks noted he is living comfortably at Lasell Village, a retirement community on the campus of Lasell College in Newton, where he takes college courses.

“The best part of it is no report cards,” he said.

Deb Pesanti Payson, executive director of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, said she will sorely miss Sacks Antiques, which is an institution in town. Stan Sacks even has a sandwich named after him — the Stan Special, toasted tuna fish with lettuce and tomato — at nearby Driftwood Restaurant.

“I am personally very sad, and I have a 10-year-old, and it’s his favorite shop,” Payson said. She said the shop has an eclectic mix of antiques, from furnishings worth $10,000 to old newspaper clippings.

“I am really excited that he is coordinating his closing efforts around the Christmas Walk,” Payson said.

Sacks Antiques was a charter member of the Marblehead Chamber.

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