A trendy store for upcycled antique furniture, custom signs and home goods that quickly gained popularity on Main Street in Port Jefferson is making its way to Patchogue.
The Dusty Attic Shop, owned by engaged couple Salvatore Belkin and Lori Sampson, is also one of just two dealers in Suffolk County of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which is a bit of a sensation in the craft furniture world.
The store is set to open Sept. 1 on East Main Street next to the incoming Toast Coffeehouse, also originally from Port Jeff.
Belkin said he and Sampson were both at a point in their lives where they wanted to open a business and figured to sell items they were passionate about.
They opened The Dusty Attic Shop in May of 2014, just in time for summer near the Long Island Sound.
“And it just exploded,” he said. “It really took off. Even during the winter time, it just never slowed down.”
When asked about the idea behind the shop, Belkin answered simply.
“We just like what we like, and we hoped that the people would like it, too,” he said. “We come up with some unique items and we never buy in bulk. If we have 12 of one item that’s a lot. We keep it new and fresh and limited and people love that concept.”
Not only do the owners purchase and refinish furniture, they’ll also do so as a service to customers. They also use dealers that can help people find pieces they’re envisioning but can’t quite find in area stores or online.
Belkin doesn’t foresee any issue selling in the Patchogue market versus wealthier Port Jefferson.
“We try to keep everything reasonably priced in the store,” he said. “We’ve even been told by customers that we’re too cheap. We make money off everything we sell but we don’t want to limit the people who come in here to the rich or the middle class. We have things for everybody in here.”