Justin Westbrook Antiques
Hi, my name is Justin and Ive grown up in and around the business.
My grandfather built Skinner's Auction Gallery in Sardis Ga. back in the 80s after years of peddling antiques out the back of his truck and trailer all up and down the eastern seaboard. My Nana loves to tell the story about when they let me go to my first auction, at age four. They sat me down and told me I could only go if I promised to be good and not touch anything. Half way through the auction, a mirror came crashing down in the back of the building and I was so scared that they thought I did it and wouldn't let me come back. My Poppy had to briefly stop the auction so that I could let him know that it wasn't me!
By the time I was ten, I was helping pack and unpack boxes of porcelain, glass, and china; polishing furniture; and sweeping the floors of the auction. Every break I had through middle and high school, I was on the road up and down I95 helping with our bi-weekly auctions and delivering sold items.
I quickly developed a passion for the antiques trade and the hustle and bustle of working in large, fast paced cities. After a stroke and other ailments kept my Poppy home, I hit the road with my uncle working Scotts Antique Market, the Pride of Dixie show, Lakewood and Round Top Antiques Fair.
Around 2009 I accidentally started an antiques shipping company out of a booth at Scotts Antique Market and as that business took off, buying and selling lost priority. After growing the business to a nationally known organization with multiple branches and nearly 50 employees, I started looking for exit strategies and hopped right back into dealing.
I've taken a slightly different path then my poppy- in addition to purchasing, my inventory is available for staging and rentals. Movies, parties, real estate-you name it!