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Antiques & Collectibles | Dumfries, VA
DerBayz Collectables is an online vintage and antiques store with unique goods. DerBayz is owned and operated by Adele and Erik Boese. The name DerBayz was derived from Adele and Erik's blended family, Der for Adele's daughter's last name from her first marriage and Bayz (Boese) for Erik and his daughter. As you can tell, DerBayz is a very family oriented business with Adele finding the forgotten treasures, Erik bringing them back to life when needed, Adele's daughter cleans and organizes the items and Erik's daughter takes the photographs.
For a little history, DerBayz was Adele's brainchild born out of a want to share her love of those lost items that people would so quickly cast out. Stricken with Multiple Sclerosis, Adele has never let that slow down her drive and inspiration. Through her perseverance and inspiration, Adele dove into the online world and learned everything she could to move her marketplace quickly to the upper ranks amongst the sellers.
DerBayz is available 24/7 and many times Adele and Erik have been woken in the middle of the night to the sound of “cha-ching”, the sound that the Etsy app on their phones make. Even at 3am, the sound is still exciting, both wondering which item sold and where it is headed. DerBayz shipped it's very first sale to the other side of the world, Australia. Since then, they have shipped goods to the U.S., England, Austria and Russia, just to name a few. Adele is always quick to ship items, sometimes if possible, the very same day. And honest. Sometimes Adele says her estimated shipping is so much more than actual cost, she feels the ethical course of action is to refund the buyer the excess. DerBayz is a business born out of love of the items and Adele prices the items to keep her able to buy other items, not to become rich.
Her love is finding the items, researching their history endlessly and sharing those with the world. Adele has found many of them items she has found were sold as something that wasn't even close to the truth because so many people just do not care enough to tell the items story. For instance, recently she purchase a Saki set. Adele began to research it without finding the one she was in possession. The funny thing was, it was an egg cobbler, but the seller just didn't care about the item. They cared about making a quick buck and moving on. DerBayz is not about the quick sale, it's about history and sharing that history with a new generation.
Adele and Erik would love to run DerBayz full time, but financially they work a 40 hour week (well, 40 hours minimum), so they collect, repair, clean, photograph, post and ship items in their evenings and weekends. Family time often entails attending estate sales, auctions and searching the hole in the wall antique stores for that next treasure. A treasure that is meant to be loved, not lost or forgotten with time.
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