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Giving things from the past a second life.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is know for its natural hot springs and majestic mountain views, but the quaint town also has a uniquely historic Colorado ambiance. Located in the center of town is Antiques on Main, a hidden gem offering antiques, collectibles and relicts of the wild, wild west.

Sara Collabolletta, is a second-generation antiques dealer with over 26 years of experience working for, and running, antiques stores across Western Colorado. Back in 1982 her journey began at a store in Twin Lakes. From there she went to Breckenridge, and in 2007 moved to Pagosa Springs to become a partner in a local antiques business. In 2012 she bought out her partner, and re-opened the business as her own, Antiques on Main.

Antiques on Main boasts an impressive collection ranging from tools and gadgets to records, furniture, jewelry, vintage photographs and everything in-between. Many of the antiques are consignment items, as Sara has partnerships with over 150 merchants from neighboring Colorado and New Mexico towns, but also places as far away as Florida, California, Louisiana, and Texas. Along with these items, local artists sell their hand-made arts and crafts at Sara’s store. At any time nearly 30,000 items are for sale, and the inventory is growing.

In 2017, the opportunity arose for Sara to purchase a 2,500 square foot house only a quarter of a mile down from her existing location. It was the perfect place for her expanding business with ample room on the main floor for antiques, a storage shed out back for additional inventory, and an apartment upstairs for her family.  Sara’s husband Brian owns a construction business and was enlisted to make some minor improvements to the building, like adding an ADA approved ramp and bathroom, installing a fence, and hanging up Antiques on Main signs. Nearly one year after Sara purchased the property, Antiques on Main opened and has experienced a steady increase in customers and sales.

Sara was able to purchase the business’ new location with financing from the Small Business Administration 504 loan program. This loan program is specifically for obtaining commercial real estate and/or long-term capital equipment and requires a partnership with a community bank. Sara worked with Cassie Alexander at Frist Southwest Bank in Durango, and Colorado Lending Source to secure the loan.