An antique store owner finds his life satisfying despite many challenges along the way.
By Brittany Nguyen
Surrounded by a cluttered yet organized assortment of comic books, collectable car figurines and airplane models, owner Glenn Meyers sits comfortably behind a glass display case inside his self-proclaimed “mantique” store. The air is musky, and although the store covers a wide variety of collectables, they all have one thing in common according to Meyers: each item tailors to the hobbies of “manly” men.
Meyers says that being the sole employer of his mantique store is “kind of fun, but kind of trying at the same time.” He wants customers to come to his 2000-square-foot store for entertainment, whether regular customers or passersby.
Sheer bad luck mixed with an open attitude brought Meyers to owning an antique store. He lives life without looking back or looking forward; and by living in the present, he reaps the benefits of enjoying the little things in life. With his favorite motto, “Oh well and what the f***”, Meyers is always willing to give anything a try.
Even so, if a person asked him twenty years ago that he would end up here, he would have laughed.
The 56-year-old Pacific Northwest native began his career in the printing business, working for his father. But after nine years, gaining an associate’s degree and a few strokes of bad luck due to a downed economy, Meyers wound up getting into the collectables
“I wish I was a little more successful, but the overall thing is to do what you like, and sometimes that’s all that matters,” Meyers said.
While printing, Meyers learned graphic design and also found that he loved helping his coworkers and customers. After losing his job here, Meyers decided to go back to school.
“It was the right idea, but the wrong place and the wrong time,” Meyers said.
btaining a degree in network operations from Lane Community College, Meyers worked at Symantec Corporation based in Eugene. But a few years into the job, the company moved his position to India.
His friend then showed him the ropes of a completely new career path – earning money through storage auctions.
“Think Storage Wars, but before the show was cool,” Meyers said. “Except the show really hides the realities of storage auctions.”
Meyers became tired of the hobby after two years of taking chances on storage units and coming out with a few p
ieces of treasure and mostly trash.
This ultimately brought him to Trash-n-Treasures in Springfield, which he has owned for three years.
Meyers gains his skills of determining cost value by skimming through eBay and Craigslist, developing his own formulas based off the websites. He says that’s all the training that he needed to be successful.
“Looking at him, I wouldn’t have known that he wanted to do anything else,” said Guy Fallbrook, a regular customer at Trash-n-Treasures. “He really seems to know his stuff.”
Fallbrook sold a few of his personal collectables to Meyers that earlier that morning, including old baseball cards and a comic book cover.
Meyers uses his past experiences and skills in graphic design to create his own advertisements as well as maintaining the store’s website on his own.
With slogans such as “Have you lost your marbles? I think I found some!” and references to crack addictions to promote his Coca-Cola collection, Meyers purposefully gives his TV commercials a homegrown, grassroots-type feel.
“I have a ball with it,” Meyers said. He also purchased and restored a 1967 Dodge A100 pick-up truck that sits outside his store as a “signature piece” to his advertising.
“People will see the truck and think, ‘Trash-n-Treasures!” Meyers said. “At least I like to think that they do.”
Meyers, with a wife of eleven years and two grown daughters, has lived in Springfield for 26 years – the longest that he’s ever stayed in one place. Meyers can sum up his life as “convoluted, satisfying and fun.”
“I roll with the punches,” Meyers said. “I just have to live by my motto. In the end, everything pays the same in some way.”