Local antiques store in Thomson closing its doors
By Brian Bowden

Charlie Brown's 2nd Time Around, an antiques store located on First Avenue in downtown Thomson, will be shutting down for good after almost two years in the community.
The store, which opened in September of 2012, will be closing around August 10. "Thomson has been very good to me," said owner Charlie Brown. "There's just a uniqueness about the people here."
The store, which originally came about by chance, has been a learning experience for Brown. It's also his first business. "I lost my job [as manager at a building supply and hardware store] so I had to find something to do. I started selling stuff out of a two-car garage in the mountains and thought I kind of liked it," said Brown. "Later down the road we were talking to somebody in Wilkes County [where Brown's mother is from] because they knew we were buying up old stuff and they said you need to go to Uncle Junk's down in Thomson. That's how we met Steve [the store owner]." He went on to say, "His mother had this place [next door] and we'd go there. She built it as a residence then turned it into a business. Every time we would come to buy something, she would say you sure you don't want to go in business. At that time I had never been in business [by myself] in my life."
Later down the road Brown's wife, who owned an antiques store of her own, had to shut her business down because of the slumping economy. They then combined their inventory at his store in Thomson.

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