by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG- Downtown Walsenburg will have a new business this Saturday as Collector’s Corner makes its debut. Owned by Gene and Pat Corwin, Collector’s Corner has relocated from their Denver location. The new business features antiques, collectibles and primitives. The Corwins ran an 8,000 square foot antique store in Denver for 16 ½ years.
Gene and Pat have worked in Walsenburg since moving here. Gene is employed at Walsenburg Lumber and Pat has had a consignment booth at Antique Avenue in downtown Walsenburg. They moved from Denver to own a ranch and raise alpacas. Both fell in love with the animals at the Denver Stock Show five years ago. They now have 40 alpacas on their ranch northeast of Walsenburg on Turkey Ridge. Along with six dogs, they go through plenty of food for their animals. They began raising the animals in Ft. Collins and Laramie before moving them here and expanding.
Like many of the other antique and gift shops that have inhabited downtown Walsenburg in recent years, Collector’s Corner will open their doors to consigners. However, with 8,000 square feet of inventory moved from Denver, they have plenty of items of their own to feature at 424 Main Street, in the former Unfug Hardware Building at 5th and Main. Pat has featured many items at the Antique Avenue store over the years but now has even more items to interest would-be buyers.
Collector’s Corner will be open Monday through Saturday from 10-5. Pat will run the store while Gene remains at Walsenburg Lumber. They hope you will stop by on their opening day this Saturday. With the holiday season upon us, the Corwin’s believe they have plenty of unique items to interest young and old alike. If by chance, you don’t find what you are looking for in the store, they do sell those lovable looking alpacas located out on the farm too.