Punxsy Antiques Business Has Hollywood Connection

1654529_732476440119749_770893321_oPUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) — One man’s junk is another man’s treasure is a phrase heard often when it comes to the business of dealing in antiques.

For the owners of the Nomadic Trading Company in Punxsutawney, they are definitely dealing in treasure.

Kristin Pascuzzo and Andy Horner opened Nomadic in 2013 in an old warehouse that dates back to the 19th century. It formerly housed a silk mill.

Horner got Pascuzzo interested in antiques back when they were both teenagers growing up in Punxsy.

“My mom had a love for antiques, but I didn’t then,” Pascuzzo said. “Andy and I were just selling free market back then and loading up to go to the flea markets was just exhausting with all the big items.”

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“We then opened a small place in Oliveburg, and then it became too small for us, so when we had a chance to move into the warehouse, we took it.”

They are renting part of a building owned by Mike Defelice.

Things were going well at Nomadic when fate took a turn for the better for the shop.

Last year, actor/director Ewan McGregor was in Pittsburgh working on the movie “American Pastoral”, which is set to be released later this year.

McGregor walked into Moop, a business in Pittsburgh that makes purses. Moop had bought several sewing machines from Nomadic, and they were all up and running, according to Pascuzzo.

McGregor asked where the machines were bought. One thing led to another and the makers of “American Pastoral” ended up renting nearly 2,000 items from Nomadic for use in the movie, making it the primary decorator for the set.

“It wasn’t even on my radar,” Pascuzzo said.

That relationship has led to Nomadic supplying other Hollywood productions, including the Netflix series “Mindhunter,” a Denzel Washington movie “Fences,” and the “Outsiders,” a tv show on WGN that was recently renewed for its second season.

“Mindhunter” is set to debut in 2017 while “Fences” began filming earlier this year.

Pascuzzo said it’s very exciting to see items from their business in television shows and movies, but she says the lifeblood of Nomadic is the vendors that have spaces in the warehouse to sell their antiques and other merchandise.

“They can have an antique shop without all of the responsibilities of owning one. They are all so wonderful, too. If a new vendor comes in, they are there to help out,” Pascuzzo said.

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