“At Home Tennessee” Magazine

Making Spirits Bright
Eclectic translates to selective at Bobby Todd Antiques where Christmas reigns supreme.

“For most, October is a month of Susan G. Komen 5K’s, pumpkins and candy corn. In Sweetwater, however, the first chill off all air signals the approach of the merriest season—a season which begins with the Bobby Todd Antiques Annual Christmas Open House.The shop’s renowned antique collection and reputation for design draw visitors throughout the year.The holidays are especially popular, though, as the store is completely transformed into a magical winter wonderland.The first week of October, owners Todd Richesin and Bobby Brown are busier than Santa’s elves arranging elaborate window displays, stocking shelves with unique holiday décor, and covering presents in their colorful custom packaging.This year’s theme, “Making Spirits Bright,” kicked off in early October, and the holiday season is still going strong in the downtown shop.Bobby Todd Antiques is a must-see for anyone in the East Tennessee area. Shoppers will find every-thing from whimsical to traditional in Richesin and Brown’s expertly chosen and artfully arranged selection of colorful ornaments, table top décor, figurines, nativities, holiday books, cards, decorative Round Top metal items for outside, placemats, candles,wreaths, tinsel trees, garlands, bottle brush trees,decorative houses and French wired ribbon.But what do the professionals like best?

“My favorite is a whimsical vintage Frosty the Snowman complete with a glistening surface and top hat,”says Richesin. Brown chose a reproduction chalk-ware Santa and sleigh with a bottle brush tree in the sleigh.The holidays are about more than collecting pretty things, however. At Bobby Todd Antiques it’s about enhancing those holiday memories with items that you’ll cherish as keepsakes for years to come. “Our hope is that each person who shops in our store will start to collect those treasures that will become family heirlooms and really help to make the holidays memorable” Todd says.Bobby Todd Antiques is located in historic down-town Sweetwater—approximately 30 minutes from West Knoxville. The store clears out fast, so make plans to visit today!”

Source: At Home Tennessee

TEXT Hallie McKay | PHOTOGRAPHY courtesy of Bobby Todd Antiques