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Gwinnett is home to many purveyors of attic antiques, those special treasures from someone#s earlier life that have outlived them or at least their particular application. One place well worth the visit is Strickland House Antiques in Duluth.

Through estate sales, proactive nationwide antique searches and on-property acquisitions, Chris & Richard Williams have filled the former home of Georgia#s first female mayor, Alice Strickland, with a wide array of furnishings, accessories and gift items. The structure housing these unique finds dates back to 1898 and boasts large, high-ceiling#d rooms on three levels. Shopping the house may take more time than you#d expect — it#s almost impossible not to stop and wonder about the way life was once lived there.

Each room is full of wonderful, old things and some new things. One unique feature of this enterprise is the Williams# expertise. Richard is a certified appraiser who helps others make important decisions about furniture and curio acquisitions. And Chris is living her dream, finally doing professionally what was formerly only an avocation. The Williamses also have a network of experienced furniture craftspeople to whom they will refer you. And, like the old home which has grown to a new purpose, they have expanded their business to offer other services. Antique clock restoration. Re-silvering services. Richard#s willingness to host local “antiques roadshows” for clubs and organizations. A painting and faux finishing design company.

When in Duluth, visit Strickland House Antiques. One of a kind finds just exactly right for the space you#re trying to fill. 2956 Buford Highway, Duluth. Open 10-5, Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays. For more information, call 770/497-8008.