“10 Questions” – Henley’s Estate Sale Store on Clayton Road in Concord

February 6, 2013 · 43 comments

“10 Questions” is a new feature on Claycord.com to help you get to know the locally owned businesses around central Contra Costa County.

We’ll ask the business owner 10 questions about their business (and a few other things), and they’ll give us their best answers.

All answers will be unedited, and you don’t have to be an advertiser on Claycord.com to participate. The only requirement is that the owner of the business lives locally, and the business must be in Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Martinez or Pacheco.

If you’d like you and your business to be featured in this column, please email news@claycord.com with the name of your business and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our first locally owned business is Henley’s Estate Sale Store:

Business Name: Henley’s Estate Sale Store
Owner(s): Bob and Lois Henley
Business Location: 3486 Clayton Road, Concord
Business Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-6 P.M., Sunday 10- 5 P.M.
Business Phone Number: (925) 689-2012
Business Website: http://www.henleysantiques.com

Questions & Answers:

  1. Tell us about your business in five sentences or less. Henley’s is a family-owned antique store in Concord. We have a wide variety of antiques, big and small. We buy estates and older items, so we’re adding new items all the time. You never know what you’ll find!
  2. How long has your business been open? We opened in June. We actually earned our first dollar on June 8, 2012, the day before we opened! We framed it and put it up behind the counter.
  3. What is the thing you like most about your business? The hunt. Looking for treasures, and finding ones that I hope someone will enjoy as much as I do. We have a list of customers with special requests, and I keep them in mind when we go out hunting. It’s especially fun to find something rare that’s on the list.
  4. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your business? A LOT! Often it keeps me busy daylight to dark, and sometimes from dark to dark. I’ve always been an early bird, so I don’t mind the mornings as long as I’ve got my coffee.
  5. What are your professional goals? I’d like to keep “picking” for a long, long time.
  6. What experience did you have before opening? I’ve been collecting all kinds of old stuff since I was a kid. My dad was a demolition contractor for 29 years, so he was always bringing home neat stuff. Also, my wife Lois and I have been “garage sailing”, scouting flea markets, and buying estates for the past two decades.
  7. Did anyone tell you not to open your business? Some people were skeptical. They weren’t sure we could find enough stuff to keep a store going. Since opening our friends and family have been really helpful and supportive, and they can tell you that finding *enough* stuff isn’t the problem!
  8. What makes your business unique? The wide variety of items. We have a newsletter to announce new items to help people keep track of what’s in the store. You can sign up at: http://www.henleysantiques.com
  9. Besides your business, what is your other favorite LOCAL business? Min’s Kitchen, it’s our favorite breakfast spot. We’ve been going for years, and now our store is directly across the street!
  10. When was the last time you took a vacation, and where did you go? In January we took a much-needed break and went to Tahoe for the weekend with all four of our daughters. We played lots of board games and enjoyed the snow from the comfort of our cabin.
1 Dragon February 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

What a great idea for a new feature, Mayor! I look forward to many future editions of 10 Questions, helping me to pick new local business to patronize.

Thank you!

2 CLAYCORD.com February 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Thanks, Dragon!!

Mayor

3 b. February 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.

4 ChampagneKitty February 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I also am pleased by this! You rock, Mr. Mayor!

5 CLAYCORD.com February 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Thanks, ChampagneKitty. :)

6 anon February 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I like this feature! I had no idea that place was even there but will be going to check it out tomorrow :)

7 Love this idea!!!! February 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Mayor you the BEST!!!!!

8 CLAYCORD.com February 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

@Love this idea. Thanks for the kind words. :)

Mayor

9 D February 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I love this new feature ! Thank you –

10 Melanie February 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Great idea! I didn’t even know about this store!

11 AnonInPH February 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Another YES for this new feature! We’ve been going to Min’s for awhile..and never noticed this store! I’ll be stopping by! Thanks Mayor!

12 Pucky February 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Bingo Mr Mayor!! You couldn’t of picked a more deserving business to start this with; I have been in the store and purchased some items. Time to go back and look around…….

13 Sandy Eggo February 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Great new feature; I love supporting local businesses.

I’ve recently seen this store, and wondered if it was new. I can’t wait to go check it out. The owners sound like lovely people to work and chat with.

14 Original G February 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

This is great we get to know folks, what the business is, hours and more over the info / research is from a source we can Trust. Plus all around.

15 Kitty February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I love Henley’s! They have goodies in all price ranges from vintage games for a few dollars to Hoosiers and old farmy stoves. It’s great to get on their mailing list. They are the only antique store I know that sends out a newsletter showing the new stuff in the store.

(Great new feature Mayor!)

16 Dorothy February 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Great Idea!

Now a question for you: Can we nominate a local business for you to interview?

17 CLAYCORD.com February 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM

@Dorothy, sure.

18 ctown February 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

What a fantastic idea to promote local business. I LOVE IT. I look forward to visiting Henley’s in the near future and what new local business will be featured next week. Absolute genius Mr. Mayor!

19 CLAYCORD.com February 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Thanks, ctown. I also look forward to learning more about our local businesses.

Take care, Mayor

20 Great, Great, Great Idea February 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Did I mention great?

21 waverunner February 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Great new feature, mayor. I would suggest Min’s next.

22 the real super man February 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I have been to the store a couple of times very nice and friendly owners. And a great wide selection of all kinds of stuff.I hope concord has something to do with rent control with these property owners so a nice business like this one has a chance.

23 Antler February 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Mayor, this is just a GREAT idea….the best since you and Nicole began the Garden Girl column! I already live Henley’s and frequently wish they were open every weekday.

Thank you!!! :-)

24 Antler February 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

*** I mean “I LOVE Henley’s…” (I do sorta “live” antiques, though)

25 v February 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I’m going to have to check out their website/store. I have some estate items that they may be interested in. I love this idea Mr. Mayor. I’m always looking for interesting small local businesses to check out

26 Anon February 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I really enjoyed this feature. What a wonderful idea! Great questions and answers. I can’t wait to visit Henley’s and look forward to reading about the next business.

27 I'm The Urban Spaceman February 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Suggestions:
Rocco Biale @Rocco’s.
Dennis ? @ Heads Up Sports
?? @ El Molino Tortilleria

28 BCuzItzClaycord February 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I would like to “nominate” Sappore Ristorante on Monument. Great little Italian place and Miguel the own is a real sweetheart

29 local picker February 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I’ve already been in there buying a few things for my collection of stuff!! Super nice people and reasonable prices. Glad they opened in Concord!!

30 Parsnip February 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

This makes a neat addition. (I never knew of Henley’s Estate Sale Store … and I’m an antiques/collectibles hobbyist.).

I’m guessing this to be a weekly Wednesday column — not just a random one.

31 knasc February 6, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Love this idea, Mr. Mayor! I’m intrigued by this store and totally want to check it out now!

32 GardenGal February 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Thanks, Mayor! I love antiques and can’t wait to visit this store! It’s absolutely wonderful that you are supporting and advertising local businesses! Especially those who get “lost” in the crowd!

33 Nom de Plume February 6, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Thanks Mayor, this is a nice new feature. I didn’t know about this business. Looking forward to more “10 Questions”.

34 Safety Second February 7, 2013 at 3:40 AM

Thank you for exposing the blood, sweat, and tears that every small business owner endures…his last vacation was a “weekend” in “Tahoe.” Needless to say, one week vacations are not an option for small business owners. These people are the real heros of ANY community!!!

35 CatM February 7, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Thank you, Mr Mayor. Fantastic idea! I will look forward to another “10 Questions” I did not realize Henley’s took over that computer/electronic spot, I will have to go by.

36 L.Wallace February 7, 2013 at 7:58 AM

This is one of mine and my brothers favorite places. Good stuff and very nice people.

37 LanaT February 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Based upon this writeup, I plan to visit Henley’s. Thank you Mr. Mayor for all your support of our local communities.

How about a write-up on Min’s, since it’s mentioned. And, I really like the idea of reminding people to support local businesses in their hometown FIRST.

38 Zippy Kitkat February 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I love this new feature! Not only did I learn about Henley’s, but I also plan to try Min’s for breakfast. I look forward to future installments and being introduced to other local gems in our community.

39 Concord1963 February 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Absolutely GREAT idea! I have seen Henley’ s while driving by but didn’t know it was open to the public. I thought maybe it was one of those estate auction houses. Very cool Mayor!

40 Dorothy February 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Fairly new and had a write up recently in the Times, Home Decor Learning Center at the end of Commerce Ave in Concord. Great for DIY’ers or those who want to learn how to DIY.

41 Blink February 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Such a positive addition…BTW Henleys is great bought lots of unique items from them and always worth a look around…but word of caution..if you see something great, get it then it may not be there on your return…have missed a few treasures that way..much sucess to the only antique store in Concord!!!

42 tontogal February 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Get no know and buy Claycord…Love it Mayor!

43 Laura Henley-Ford February 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I am so excited for my Uncle Bob and Lois! “Picking, finding treasures and Garage Sale’s”, run in the Family!! Grandpa Kenny Henley is so proud of you and is smiling down on you Bob. Congratulations and Best Wishes.

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