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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

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Annual Art Exhibition
thru Nov 29 at Windsor Town Hall
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Nov 20 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 21 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 21 at Windsor Public Library
Tacos and Trivia
Nov 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book signing -local author!
Nov 23 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Full Moon Hike at Northwest Park
Nov 23 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Georgraphy books!
Nov 24 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Weekend Workshop: Custom Woods Sign
Nov 24 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Mobile Mammography
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
How to Plan and Pay for College
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 28 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 28 at Windsor Public Library
Brazilian Jazz - Windsor Art Center
Nov 29 at Windsor Art Center
Festival of Wreaths
Nov 29 at Kimberly Hall North
Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Nov 29 at Windsor Public Library
Christmas at Ellsworth Homestead
Nov 30 at Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Gift Card
thru Dec 31 at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Road Windsor, CT
MSSC Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
Dec 1 at Poquonock Community Church 1817 Poquonock Ave.
Brunch with Santa
Dec 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Cookies with Santa
Dec 2 at Windsor Fire Station 340 Bloomfield Ave Windsor, Ct 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 3 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Dec 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Chasing the Dragon Documentary
Dec 5 at Windsor High School Auditorium 50 Sage Park Road, Windsor CT
Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 5 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Handler & Levesque Joy to the World
Dec 7 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT
Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Green
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Home Alone Safety Class
Dec 8 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Multicultural Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at 25 Sage Park Road, WIndsor, CT
Public Flu Vaccination Clinic
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Sage Park PTO Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at Sage Park Middle School
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
WWII book sale
Dec 8 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 9 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
Fencing Class
Dec 10 at LP Wilson Community Center
Holiday Movie
Dec 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Meet Santa & Menchie
Dec 11 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Reading Challenge
Dec 13 at Windsor Public Library
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 31 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 2, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 7, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 8, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Jan 9, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 9, 2019 at Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 14, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Jan 15, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 15, 2019
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Jan 15, 2019 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 16, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 16, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Botanical Illust. Poster Hanging
Jan 17, 2019 at Windsor Public Library