The Antiques Depot has moved to 2 South Beach Street on Nantucket! After decades in our familiar location in the historic Lobster Pot Building overlooking the Harbor, the sale and disappearance of our old spot on Easy Street made us find a new home; now after enjoying a terrific year on Federal Street, a major construction project has made us look yet again for a new home... And what a fine home it is! We will now be sharing quarters with Nantucket House Antiques and Interior Design, across from the Nantucket Yacht Club, beneath Oran Mor, behind the Nantucket Whaling Museum. We are very excited about our new joint venture with Sandi, Michelle and Tucker Holland in this wonderful, historic building.
The Antiques Depot remains one of Nantucket Island's oldest and finest antiques shops, and is a favorite destination for both the new and well-seasoned collector. The Depot offers a refined collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture, art and accessories, with a particular emphasis on Maritime, China Trade and Nantucket antiques, as well as an extensive collection of Decoys and Scrimshaw. Our clientele includes many professional dealers, interior decorators, and museum curators. The shop has gained many favorable reviews including the New York Times, The Denver Post and Fodor's. With its eclectic mix of high quality and unusual items, the Antiques Depot continues to attract a loyal following of clients who appreciate a true old-fashioned antiques shop with many reasonably priced items. We are proud to present an antiques collection that will intrigue your imagination. View Videos of the Shop.
Jack Fritsch first came to Nantucket as a research biologist in 1979. His love for history and antiques quickly led him to co-found the Antiques Depot with Howard in 1989, bringing new concepts to the shop space. He is familiar to many as the former manager of the island's Auction Gallery for 23 years. His experience also includes working with Tranquil Corners Antiques and The Packet Shop, participating in antiques shows throughout the 1980s and early 90s, exhibiting at the respected York Antiques Gallery, as well as providing his expertise to a number of premier New England auction galleries. He is also a professional Personal Property Appraiser, providing service for estate, tax, insurance and other financial purposes. Jack is also very active in the community, serving as a former Chair and perennial volunteer with the Nantucket Historical Association's Festival of Trees, as well as serving on the boards of the Nantucket Book Foundation (currently Co-Chair of the Nantucket Book Festival), the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs, and for many years on the board (and former Vice President) of the Nantucket Arts Council.
Ciara Fritsch, originally from Ireland, came to Nantucket in 1994, fell in love and never left! Ciara's interest in antiques led her to work in the antiques business on Nantucket where she subsequently met (and later) married Jack. Her education and business background is in management, with an emphasis on the hospitality industry and event planning. She has worked for several very successful local businesses including the Union Street Inn and Susan Warner Catering. She has been involved in many local non-profits including co-chairing the Nantucket Historical Associations Festival of Trees, and volunteering for events by the Nantucket Book Festival, Nantucket Arts Council, Nantucket Musical Arts Society and Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals.
Howard Chadwick now retired, was formerly formerly the manager of The Tiller Antiques with Christina Wilcox and Jessica Woodle since 1974 and subsequently became a co-owner of the shop when it changed hands in 1989 and was re-christened the Antiques Depot (being close to the site of the former island railroad depot) . He was also the owner of Howard Chadwick Antiques at 40 River Street in Boston at the foot of historic Beacon Hill, and formerly exhibited with the West Townsend Associates. A retired opera singer, Howard is well known as a founding member and permanent Secretary-Treasurer of the Nantucket Musical Arts Society, one of the nation's most respected Chamber Music societies. Established in 1959, the Society is now enjoying its 56th season presenting internationally acclaimed classical music concerts during the summer on Nantucket. Howard remains a partner emeritus.