Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles opens on Federal Street

  • Items for sale at Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles at 145 Federal St. in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Items for sale at Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles at 145 Federal St. in Greenfield.

  • Genna Tash and Cindy Meehan have opened Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles at 145 Federal St. in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles at 145 Federal St., next to Tito’s Taqueria. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 9/16/2021 3:03:43 PM

GREENFIELD — Bank customers can sometimes get a bit stressed about their finances. But, during her career in banking, Cindy Meehan noticed that those about to embark on a trip were much more chipper.

“One of the jobs that I had along the way was that I sold foreign currency. And so I got to see and interact with people when they were gearing up to go on vacation — happy. And it’s sort of the same thing here,” she said in the midst of 1,100 square feet of retail floor space at 145 Federal St. “We’re interacting with people who are here because they want to be here, not because they overdrew their checking account.”

Meehan and Genna Tash opened Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles on Aug. 4, having previously been vendors at Whitney Hill Antiques since early 2020.

“It was a learning experience. We learned what sold, what people were interested in,” Meehan explained. “And I think that Genna and I did an amazing job with what we had at the time. We were both working full-time.”

The two met in 1988 after applying for bank teller jobs in Connecticut and being placed in the same orientation. Tash said they struck up conversation and have been “best friends ever since.” They have individually had lifelong passions for antique and vintage items, and decided to rent space at Whitney Hill Antiques at 122 Main St.

“And we really had, I think, I lot of fun doing what we were doing,” Meehan said before Tash chimed in, “And got so good at it we were running out of space.”

“That’s what happened,” Meehan added.

The two have now accumulated four times as much merchandise. Meehan said she is partial to glass and ceramics, while Tash said she likes “anything old and pretty.”

“And one of the things that’s really fun about this is the whole hunt. We wanted to be one of those places that help people find those things that they’re looking for,” Meehan said. “My favorite place is driving down the road and seeing something, seeing a little table or a little chair. That’s my very favorite place to get stuff.”

“We’re always on the lookout,” Tash added.

 The two said part of their mission is to reuse, recycle and repurpose, which they feel there is a great need and enthusiasm for in Greenfield.

The new business owners have considerable commutes, with Tash living in North Adams and Meehan residing in South Hadley. They said they picked Greenfield because the people were friendly and the building is centrally located between their homes. They also said sharing a building with the popular Tito’s Taqueria has drawn in customers, with some even walking in initially mistaking the antiques and collectibles shop with the restaurant.

Greenfield Antiques and Collectibles is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information is available on the store’s Facebook page.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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