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Giving new life to the past
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 Tucked away on a small street off of Ga. Highway 81 in Oxford is a true treasure of local talent and the entrepreneurial spirit - Holland Restoration & Antiques - a 20-year-old business that recently relocated to Newton County.

Owned by Ronnie Holland, Holland Restoration & Antiques is truly a family business. While Ronnie Holland's labor provides most of the items which are for sale in the family's charming antique shop, each member of the Holland family contributes something to the business.

Holland's wife makes bath salts, hair loops and fragrant sachets for the shop, while the Hollands' two children 13-year-old son Jarod and 10-year-old Kelsi have several pieces of their own original artwork for sale.

For the last 13 years Holland Restoration & Antiques has been located in Conyers but Holland said he decided to move the business to Newton County in November because it was closer to the family's home and because he preferred the country atmosphere of Oxford. Holland Restoration & Antiques had their grand re-opening this past weekend.

"We try to add a lot more than just the average antiques," said Holland of the collection of wares for sale in his antique shop.

Holland specializes in taking apart older pieces and putting them back together with newer pieces to create something altogether unique such as a bookcase he made from old barn lumber which he fitted with adjustable shelves from a modern bookcase. Another example of Holland's whimsical taste is a decorative piece he created by attaching an old plow disk to the base of an antique table and then fitted with a large candle and potpourri.

Prices range at the shop from $265 for the bookcase, to $85 for the plow disk piece to $26 for a shelf made from old plywood and fitted with a decorative antique handle.

"We're just getting started," said Holland of the shop. "We hope it grows into something big."

Next door to the antique shop is Holland's workshop where he refinishes, refurbishes and distresses just about any piece of wooden furniture a person can think of. Holland says he does all types of repairs and can strip wood bare as well as stain it any color.

Holland said he has worked with a number of collectors, restoring the woodwork of old clocks, music boxes and other rare antique items. In addition to doing veneer work Holland said he can on a limited scale replace missing parts from carvings and trim work. Holland said he can also disassemble and re-glue older pieces of furniture that have become shaky.

Prices range for restoration work said Holland. Pickup and delivery are available.