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January 10, 2013

Merchant left a growing downtown behind, found success in N.H.

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“An old friend got me involved in his business up there (in Kingston, N.H.), and I can get better traffic for my antique business,” Tierney said.

A carpenter by trade who previously worked union jobs, Tierney said he earned a good living before going into the antique business.

Almost 20 years ago, a friend of his in Haverhill ran a second-hand furniture shop that morphed into the antique business.

She got items from old estates and sold that inventory to other antique dealers throughout the region.

“I just got into the business slowly, and made a good living at it,” Tierney said. “One thing led to another, and I found myself putting more time into the business.’’

Tierney attracted most of his business from regional antique dealers, other people who sold the antiques retail to shops and trade shows.

Most of Antique World’s inventory came from estate sales. Other dealers came in every week to buy items.

Tierney said as it turns out, the move to Kingston was good for him and the reason for his move has been good for Haverhill as the downtown continues to grow in a new direction.

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