The company started in 1972 by Paul L. Cicon as an attic and cellar clean-out service (Paul’s Hauling and Rubbish Removal). All antique items acquired during clean-outs were sold at local flea markets, and the better antique items were taken to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and sold.
Continuing this method of operation, and learning more and more about the complexities of the antique business, Paul Cicon antiques started shipping antique furniture containers (tractor truck loads) in 1978 to Canada, the U.S. West, and the U.S. Southwest. During that same year, Mr. Cicon leased 3,000 sq. ft. at Collector’s Cove, phasing out the attic and cellar cleaning business and devoting all his time and energy to buying and selling antiques. In 1983, Mr. Cicon purchased a 7,000 sq. ft. grange hall in Fleetville, PA and stocked it with mainly turn of the century oak furniture. He also increased his leased space at collectors cove to 6,000 sq. ft in 1983.
From 1983 thru 1998, Mr. Cicon did many antique shows, upgraded the quality of his antique inventory at his shop in Fleetville, PA and expanded his floor space at his main shop, collector’s cove in Sciota, PA, to 17,000 sq. ft.
In 1999, Paul Cicon antiques incorporated and became keystone antiques & estate furniture ltd. And opened a 5,000 sq. ft. shop in Washington state (Keystone Antiques – 305 n. Tower street, Centralia, Washington).
In 2000, “Keystone” moved from 305 N. Tower Street to 120 South Tower Street, Centralia, Washington.
In 2001, “Keystone” opened another major antique shop in Lafayette, Oregon, while phasing down his main east coast operation at Collector’s Cove to 7,000 sq. Ft.
Keystone’s years from 2002 into 2016 have been marked by expansion into new geographic markets in hope of higher profits and contraction from other geographic markets that were causing a cash drain. (see year in review December 2008 through December 2009 as an example).
*Information on: (1.) Keystone Antique’s export business; and ( 2.) its shipping antique containers to auctions in the southwest and west are only available on a need to know basis (I.E. Potential investors only).