American Furnishings and Decor for Home and Office
About Up the Creek Antiques
Our Service PledgeWe respond to all orders within 24 hours, however finding an appropriate shipper and getting quotes may take several days. We guarantee the authenticity of all our items as noted in our descriptions.
About UsWhat began in 1975 as a way to furnish our first house developed into a full-time business. "Up the Creek Antiques" was a fitting name for a business that began 15 miles from the nearest town, Centralia, Washington. From 1978 to 2004 we sold thru our own warehouse, a variety of antique malls in the Northwest, shows and finally as an annex to a large Antique Mall in Centralia. Our Website Catalog began in 1998 and we have been selling nationwide ever since.
In the Spring of 2004, Up the Creek purchased our own building in the middle of Historic Downtown Centralia. The tin ceilings, fantastic fir floor and period store accents (including the original Pill Box Toilet) from this restored 1912 Woolworth's 5 & 10 Cent Store offer the perfect backdrop for our antique furniture and decorative accessories. The emphasis is on American Furniture from all over this country and representing a large variety of styles and woods from the early 1800's thru 1920. Up the Creek was recently voted "Best Antique Shop" in Lewis County, WA. an honor we are committed to keeping.
As of 2006 we also have a spacious new restoration workshop close to Centralia committed to restoring pieces faithfully to a working condition. We have some of the finest woodworking tools available along with the woodworker and finisher who know how to use them. There are few repairs that we have not faced successfully in our shop in 33 plus years of business. Custom restoration is now available at this location, so if you have some family heirlooms that need a little help, keep us in mind for this purpose. We have carved out a niche in the antique furniture business because of the consistently superior product we put out.
Up the Creek Antiques currently has five people working here. This is a full time operation for us.
*Sue, the owner along with her husband Dan can most frequently be found in the office end of the business. She deals with the websites, photographing, buying, final assembly, upholstery, lighting and generally quality control. Sue graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in studio art and has discovered that her art background has served her well in the field of antiques. You can find Sue at the store usually on Mondays.
*Dan has been the primary buyer for the past 33 years and continues to watch for potential pieces to add to our inventory. He knows the antique business from years of buying all over the country but particularly in the Mid-Atlantic State region where we both originated. He is somewhat retired now, but still provides significant help maintaining our workshop and keeping things running smoothly.
*Jason is our son and his primary responsibility is managing the workshop and woodworking end of the business. He has learned the restoration end of this business from the ground up A mix of self taught, and apprenticeship under various woodworkers and master carvers has added to his natural ability. He rarely has to do anything twice and has a remarkable sense of proportion. Over 20 years working at Up the Creek has made him a master in this business. He has a following on Facebook now that talk to him about his "projects" here at the workshop.
*Joe is the best refinisher we have ever had work for us. Here is another guy who started in this business in his teenage years and worked for various other shops before he came to us. Joe's pride in the finished product and willingness to try new techniques to improve his ability has taken our restorations to a whole new level of excellence.
As of 2015 we have closed our retail store and now deal directly with customers at our warehouse and workshop. Our showroom is now ONLINE or by appointment.
Thanks for visiting our store on Ruby Lane,
Dan and Sue Horwath.