Cecelia Randolph and her stepdaughter, Stevi André, recently opened The Sea Hag Antiques, a shop offering an eclectic mix of vintage, antique and collectible items at 820 SE Highway 101, suite B, in Lincoln City’s Mid City Plaza. The easiest access is off of Southeast Inlet Avenue, with a door that opens onto the second level, where the shop is located.
“I’ve been in the antique business for about 35 years in different places,” said Randolph. “I’ve lived in Sacrament, Reno, Portland and had shops in all those places.”
André was a schoolteacher in California for 21 years, working in elementary special education. “My family lived here, and I wanted to always move back to the Northwest,” she said, so she and her husband, Kelly, moved to Lincoln City in May of last year.
“She’s always dabbled in the antique business,” André said of her mother, “and it’s been in my blood forever. I’ve always wanted to just open up a shop.” When the two of them got to thinking about it, it was apparent they had already accumulated enough items to provide the needed inventory.
“Between the two of us we could stock a store in an instant,” Randolph said. André added, “We both realized we had enough stuff. It was like, ‘Well, how do we make this happen?’ We started looking around (for a place), and we took a leap of faith.”
The Sea Hag Antiques carries a wide variety of items. “I call it very eclectic. We have a little bit of everything,” said Randolph. “We have toys, cars, gumball machines, books. We have jewelry and we have lots of glass, vintage antique stuff, cooking and kitchen stuff, linens.”
When asked what constitutes antique versus vintage items, André said, “Antique is over 25 years old, and the word vintage usually goes for a decade period of time, so it’s vintage ’40s, vintage ’50s, vintage ’60s.
“Frankly, it makes me feel real old to know that 25 years ago is the definition of an antique,” she added with a laugh. “So things that were in the ’90s now could be considered an antique. There might be people out there that don’t agree with that.”
And they are both continually looking for new items for the store. “We go to estate sales and people come to us. You have it in your blood … we love the hunt,” said Randolph. André added, “We can’t pass up a garage sale or yard sale. We get new stuff all the time. We plan to get out there and do some more auctions, more estate sales, so our inventory will change and evolve even more than it is.”
As they get to know the customers who frequent their shop, they also begin looking for items those customers might like. “What’s fun is you have customers that collect little oil cans, you have customers that collect broaches … when we go out we’re thinking of these customers,” Randolph said, “and when they come back I’ll say, ‘I found some things you might be interested in.’ They get so excited that we were out thinking of them, and it is a lot of fun.”
The Sea Hag Antiques opens at 11 a.m. every day except Tuesday, when the shop is closed. It is open until 4 p.m. except on Friday and Saturday, when it remains open until 5 p.m.
Those wanting to learn more are invited to stop by the shop or find it on Facebook at Sea Hag Antiques. People can also contact Randolph and André via email at [email protected].