John Pope Antiques
VENDOR PROFILE: John Pope Antiques
We sat down with our antique vendor John Pope of John Pope Antiques for a witty Q&A to learn more about how he sources his finds and what he can't live without....
(Above photos by Anne Rhett Photography from the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA Press Lounge by John Pope.)
1. Have you always liked antiques and how did you get into the business?
When I was 6 years old I bought a deck of cards from the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair at a garage sale. I was fascinated with the buildings pictured on each card. I'd say I was hooked from that point. By high school, I had booths in an antique mall and opened my first shop my senior year. My parents were not chauffeuring me to sports but rather garage sales and auctions.
2. If you could buy anywhere whenever you wanted, where would you go?
Marrakesh and Paris
3. Do you own a favorite antique?
It's more of a collection... Small grand tour souvenirs and small classical objects from my travels. Whether it be a fragment or a rock from a great trip, a pile of great memories.
4. Who would be your ideal dinner party guest?
Tough....Thomas Jefferson or Frank Lloyd Wright.
5. Who is someone or something that you consider inspiring?
My parents. They ignited my passion for travel and opened my eyes to the world. They always allowed me to follow my dreams and be the person I wanted to be.
6. What is your favorite part of what you do? The hunt? The sale? The pieces you keep? Your customers? The stand-out pieces?
Definitely the hunt, the thrill is finding great stuff, if it's good, it always sells itself.
7. What is a favorite place to eat/visit/drink/shop in Charleston?
FIG, Ordinary and Chez Nous
8. What are three things you can't live without?
Coffee, Liquor and Sex..... and maybe a pocket square...
9. Tell me something people would be surprised to learn about you.
I've walked out of the house on multiple occasions wearing two different shoes.
10. If you could live in a certain period of time, when would it be?
1820's to 1830's in London so I could visit with Sir John Soane at this townhouse in Lincoln's Inn Fields. If you haven't been, plan a trip today!