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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Lost and Found Treasures is a one-stop antique shop in Hemet

 

Last updated 7/25/2019 at 8:18pm

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Lost and Found Treasures, 121 N. Harvard Street, in historic downtown Hemet has antiques for almost everyone at reasonable prices. Always special offers appear outside for passersby.

Ever spent hours looking for that certain antique glassware piece to finish off a collection of prized Victorian furniture or porcelain dolls? Maybe someone is looking for that old vinyl LP they might like to have?

Lost and Found Treasures, 121 N. Harvard St., in historic downtown Hemet is a gem of an antique store and the largest one in the Valley with thousands of antiques lining the walls, filling cabinets and covering the wooden oak floor. Customers could find themselves perusing the store for hours at a time with fascination and curiosity.

There to answer almost any question about the origins, uses or value of antiques are Michael Fernandes and Robert Beckstead, the co-owners of Lost and Found Treasures. Their knowledge of the antiques and the antique business dates back many years to when they owned another antique store in the Palm Springs area.

They said they moved to Hemet to escape the summer heat in the desert seven years ago and soon found Hemet to be the Mecca of weather they hoped for, then after watching the downtown area slowly improved over the years, finally saw it ideal for their enterprise.

"What better place than in historic downtown Hemet now," Fernandes said.

They first moved into an 800-square-foot store at 129 N. Harvard but their business continued to grow and move over to their 2,000-square-foot location at 121 N. Havard a few doors down. Their customers know them well, they said, and often come from as far away as Orange and Los Angeles counties to purchase or get advice on their antiques. Fernandes said while he is not a registered appraiser, he knows well the value of antiques and has developed a trust with their customers.

"We buy and sell," Beckstead said but nothing large in size. "We have a large variety of things, actually something for everyone... We always get new stuff. At reasonable prices compared to Orange County and Palm Springs."

He said they like to call their store, "Your one-stop antique shop."

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What woman collector could resist purchasing this complete antique China dish set on display at Lost and Found Treasures antique story, 121 N. Harvard St., in Hemet.

Cases of valued porcelain figures and dishes are displayed. Along with pieces of Victorian-age furniture, antique homemade dolls, silverware sets, movie playbills, complete dinnerware sets, comic books, jewelry, cups and saucers, candy dishes, rare vinyl records, native crafts, some period clothing and more.

Beckstead and Fernandes are not alone in their appreciation of antiques. Lost and Found Treasures has connections with five local antique vendors who are collectors themselves and display a variety of antiques within their store. Beckstead said the same vendors have remained with the shop since they arrived in Hemet five years ago. Though inquiries come often, the partners said they have no vendor openings at this time, Fernandes said.

Lost and Found Treasures is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. They can be reached at (951) 692-1319.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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