Meet the merchant: Martin Martinez, North Coast Antique Mall

Martin Martinez, 66, is the owner of North Coast Antiques located at 1206 47 Place in Seaview, Washington. More than 100 vendors contribute to the merchandise. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Martinez only closes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“I have people from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, from Idaho to the sea — from all over the place. Most of them have houses in different places including here. The age of the vendors varies from 45 to 95.”

“We have more than 100 vendors that supply the merchandise, I just sell for them.”

“The things that we don’t think will sell right away, often do, like authentic German memorabilia from WWII — it won’t last. And people say ‘how dare you sell that,” well, it’s our history, we have to learn, maybe we’ll be better. If we hide it, it’s not going to make us better.

“I think that one is up there (referencing a $4,000 statue on consignment). I have animal mounts from Africa. I’ve sold about 10 of them. They bring all kinds of different things, and often they put things on consignment.”

“I just enjoy every single thing that is here, for as long as it’s here. I like books the most because I can read and reread them.”

“Meeting people from different places. People from Germany, Australia, Mexico, Canada — all over the place — it’s just fun. I really think it’s a service for the people because they buy memories. It’s not the value of the things, but what they remind you of.”

“I enjoy all aspects to it. You have to keep up with the upkeep of the place. It’s an old building. I try to do it all on my own.”

“My nephew married the granddaughter of the former owner of the building. I got the building from him at the family reunion in 2005. In 2008, I came to live in the building from San Diego. I’ve been here ever since.”

“I close Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, that’s it. I’m open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. but I will stay open until midnight if the customers keep buying — I won’t close. I try to keep a schedule… Try.”

“We had a farm in San Diego and another farm in Mexico, where I was born. I came to the San Diego farm when I was 18, in 1968. I lived there until I decided to move here.”

“I first came here about 40 years ago. I brought two Little League teams from San Diego to play in Canada on the train. It was really an adventure, and I liked the area from then on. So when this became available, it was no contest. It took me a half an hour to decide to buy.”

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