More men take part in the art of 'mantiquing'

Funky Relic antique store seeing more men

SAN ANTONIO - Women no longer have to drag their unwilling significant other on long antique shopping trips thanks to a new craze sweeping antique shops called "mantiquing."

"Mantiquing is really this trend that we are seeing where men are beginning to collect antiques," said Darcy Mix.

Mix and Teresa Nunns co-own Funky Relic and are catering to that mantiquing trend.
"They are interested in old items and then they look through our selection and find something that appeals to them," Mix said.

"This probably one time would be considered glorified garage sale stuff but its elevated now and its really good stuff," said Jay Buzzini, antique collector.

Many of the items come from garage and estate sales, with medical books, flags , old cameras, old tools and sports items being the most popular.

Mix and Nunns have even customized their business. They took a 100-year-old English trust book and turned it into a customer wish list and created a section just for men.

"Definitely be a whole lot more interesting to most guys than looking at a bunch of vases and ceramic poodles," Buzzini said.


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