American Sampler, a longstanding antique shop founded in 1981, is closing its doors after a 40-year run at 26 Church Street in Montclair. Owners and husband-wife duo Pam and William announced the closure, explaining that they are ready for the next chapter in their lives.
Pam told Montclair Local that the idea of opening the store surfaced when loved ones visited her home and always expressed fascination with the furniture and antiques she had collected. She sold several pieces out of her home and after seeing that success, she was convinced that starting an antique business was in the cards for her.
“It’s given us a great deal of pleasure, but it’s time to go. We are not getting any younger,” Pam told Montclair Local. “I’m going to miss all the people that have come in, that we’ve worked with and that we’ve actually gotten to know and fallen in love with. We’ll miss what we do and we’ll miss the people. It’s going to leave a void in our lives but I kind of think life goes in cycles. So, this is a new cycle for us.”
American Sampler was a go-to over the years for people with an interest and appreciation for eclectic and rare pieces. From furniture to home accessories, the shop was a true gem. One never really knew what could be found inside, which was part of the charm. The other part of the equation was Pam, William, and the staff who were always eager to help customers find the pieces that were perfect, creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere for shoppers looking for that special thing to bring home.
Pam noted that the shop was especially lively during the holidays, as many locals stopped in to do their annual Christmas decor shopping. Think: vintage Santa Claus pieces and antique tree ornaments.
She always mentioned that several stars have paid American Sample a visit over the years including Madonna, Essex County native Dionne Warwick, and others.
The store will stay open until the end of the year with everything on sale. However, Pam’s clothing store, Dobbs Limited, just next door to the antique shop, will remain open.