By Dianne Lively Yost
Keith Rex recently opened his third shop in Morgan County — a new antique store J&K Fleas An’Tiques Rutledge and it’s filled to the brim with treasures both old and new.
The new 3,000-square-foot shop, housed in the former Markets on Main space at 119 East Main Street, is conveniently located in downtown Rutledge within walking distance of The Caboose, Yesterdays Café, Rutledge Hardware and the public park in the town square.
Rex also operates two shops in Madison including J&K Fleas An’Tiques and The Junque Korner as well as a robust estate sale business – one that he’s overseen for some 27 years.
J&K An’Tiques Rutledge “offers an eclectic mix of old and new items and good-quality antiques,” said Rex. Indeed, the shop is chock full of antiques, furniture for every room, china, crystal chandeliers, accent chairs, sliver, lamps and other decorative items. “We plan to add estate jewelry as well,” he said.
And Rex says he gets two to three calls per day from people wanting to sell antiques, furniture and other items.
Rex will be operating the shop with his business partner Eduardo Alonzo and Angela Dull who has worked with Rex for 20 years.
The Rutledge shop is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Keith plans to expand hours of operation as business increases. In addition, the shop accepts credit cards and offers delivery options.
J&K Fleas An’Tiques Rutledge has 14 booth dealers, including Lilybeth’s booth, with purses, bags and accessories, managed by Joellen Artz. And, Rex has merchandise from consigners.
Rutledge holds a special place in Keith Rex’s heart, as he was a long-time resident operating a store in the city. “One of the reasons we decided to open a new shop in Rutledge is because we’re moving back here,” he said.
Rex and his husband John Pisello are currently renovating a historic home in the Small But Special City that suffered a devastating fire in 2019. They plan to relocate back to Rutledge as soon as the home is complete.