> Out and About: Jamie Selig

Out and About: Jamie Selig

Out and About: Jamie Selig
Jamie Selig is the owner of James Selig Estate Jewelry and Antiques at 161 Broad Street in Windsor. He owns the store with his sister, Sharran Selig Bennet. The store is packed full of rare and unusual treasures. You can spend hours just browsing through the inventory, which changes on a daily basis. You can find everything from an antique adding machine to vinyl record albums.

Jamie grew up in Windsor. His parents, William and Barbara, settled here in 1949 when homes in the suburbs became affordable for soldiers with the GI Bill. The couple had seven kids so the siblings grew up as a very close family.

Jamie’s father saw that he was a creative kid and encouraged him to learn about history and get into collecting. So when Jamie found an interesting pocket knife, he started collecting them and found many different types with intriguing shapes and features. But Jamie really got interested in antiques when he received a Mickey Mouse radio from Mrs. Clark on Hillcrest Rd. He was about 10 years old at the time and he loved that radio. He started researching it and found that it was actually worth quite a bit of money. Surprised, he mentioned it to his father who encouraged him to accompany him to some local auctions. Jamie was immediately hooked.

Jamie attended school in Windsor, then went on to college. After that, he followed the Grateful Dead around New England for a while and had a blast. “I love music and hearing it live at so many great venues was an amazing experience,” says Jamie. He settled down around 1988 to go into the family business, Bill Selig Ford.

Bill Selig Ford was once in Windsor center. The building now known as Central Street Antiques (currently the home of Get Baked) used to be the Selig Ford car repair center. And the land where Track 139 is now is where they stored used cars and offered detailing services. In the mid 90’s, they moved their operation to Bloomfield Avenue. At that time, Jamie convinced his brothers to refurbish the old building and turn it into an antiques center. They rented out space to 70 antique dealers and Jamie used open spots to sell the silver, antiques, collectibles and other items he bought at auctions and estate sales.

He stayed in the car business for six years, doing antiques on the side, but when his father passed away in 1994, he decided it was time to make antiques his career. He took over the antiques center and started holding auctions. He did well and had a great following. In time, the antiques market started to shift. Slowly the larger decorative items like colonial dining room sets and Victorian style furniture that had been cherished by the baby boom generation were going out of favor.

“We had to pivot from a traditional antiques business into a retail shop that carries items favored by the younger crowd,” Jamie remembers. He opened James Selig Estate Jewelry and Antiques in early 2017. They specialize in estate jewelry, silver, coins, artwork, bronzes, and other items. “The collectibles market is alive and well,” says Sharran, “but the sought-after items have changed.” People are more interested in things from the 50’s and 60’s - mid-century modern - things they may have seen on a show like "Mad Men."

In addition to selling a fascinating array of merchandise in the store, they also buy gold and silver scrap and have it melted down for reuse. Jamie says, “Most people have seen ads on TV for “Good Ole’ Tom” or others, but they prefer to do business with someone they know, from their own community."

Another unique service Jamie provides is house cleanouts. “I will look at any type of home, with any amount or value of items and figure out what needs to be done. Sometimes they just need actual junk hauled away. We do that. More often, an elderly relative has passed away and they need someone to deal with a house full of stuff. We do that too.” "Dealing with the death of a parent is emotionally painful and physically draining,” says Sharran. “Jamie takes care of people with compassion and real care.” He says, “Every item I move out of a house was important to someone. I keep that in mind when working with grieving families.”

The best thing about being in the antiques business for Jamie is getting to find “buried" treasure. "It's actually kind of fun to dig around an old attic and find something really unusual.” He also enjoys finding new homes for those treasures. "There’s so much stuff being thrown in landfills. When a chain company is called in, they throw so much away without a second thought. It’s a shame,” says Jamie.

James Selig Estate Jewelry and Antiques is a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Jamie feels that “Windsor is a nice community and has so much history. I really love history and thinking about where things have come from, who owned them in the past, and what life was like back then.”

When he’s not at work, Jamie likes to play guitar, go to concerts, and play basketball.

Three words to describe Jamie are 'passionate, knowledgeable, respectful’.


Events

November Food Drive at Many Rivers
Nov 11 at 3 Barnard Lane, Suite 205, in Bloomfield
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Nov 13 at Windsor Public Library
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Nov 13 at Chamber office
Business After Hours
Nov 13 at Webster Bank, Broad St, Windsor
Game Dinner
Nov 13 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Beth Caruso and The Salty Rose
Nov 14 at Windsor Public Library
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
WHS Drama Presents "CLUE"
Nov 15 at Windsor High School. 50 Sage Park Road. Windsor, CT. 06095
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Dom's Fundraiser for Food Pantry
Nov 16 at Dom's Broad St. Eatery, 330 Broad St., Windsor, CT 06095
Student and Faculty Recital
Nov 16 at First Church in Windsor, 107 Palisado Ave.
Turkey and Twenty Drive
Nov 16 at Eagle on the Green by Windsor Public Library
Vendor & Artisan Fair: SagePark PTO
Nov 16 at Sage Park Middle School - 25 Sage Park Road
WF&FB Fundraiser at ACE
Nov 16 at WINDSOR ACE HARDWARE 296 Broad St.
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga Paint Party
Nov 17 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga & Wellness Center
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Nov 19 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Supplements
Nov 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Stillness in Motion - Art Center
Nov 20 at Windsor Art Center
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Stillness in Motion - Art Center
Nov 21 at Windsor Art Center
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Nov 21 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
WinTech Showcase
Nov 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Dr, Windsor
Kids Movie, Craft, and Pizza Night!
Nov 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Old Fashioned Christmas with Clara
Nov 22 at The Music School at Sound Crossing, 101 Palisado Ave. Windsor, CT
31st Annual "Food For Health" Drive
Nov 23 at Dr. George B. Curry of 15 Central Street
Artist Talk/Panel Discussion
Nov 23 at Windsor Art Center
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Auction & Dinner!
Nov 23 at The Lodge
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Tacos 7 Trivia
Nov 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Veterans Coffee Hour
Nov 28 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Christmas Sampler
Nov 30 at L.P. Wilson
Shop Small with HBG
Nov 30 at House of Books and Games
Small Business Saturday
Nov 30 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Santa Brunch
Dec 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Shop Small with HBG
Dec 1 at House of Books and Games
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Dec 3 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
WCC Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 4 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Block Printed Gift Wrap Workshop
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Festival of Wreaths
Dec 5 at Kimberly Hall North Building 1 Emerson Dr Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 5 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
A Victorian Country Christmas
Dec 6 at 778 Palisado Ave., Windsor CT
Holiday Open House!
Dec 7 at Therapeutic Solutions - 96 Poquonock Ave, Windsor, CT 06095
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Holiday Movie
Dec 9 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber office
Ukulele Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 10 at Windsor High School Auditorium
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Dec 11 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Card Stamp event to win Gift Cards
Dec 14 at House of Books and Games, Ewe and You, The Bean
Hearth Cooking Class
Dec 14 at Windsor Historical Society
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
HBG Beth Caruso book signing
Dec 15 at House of Books and Games
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 7, 2020 at Chamber office
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.