For Old Times Sake (FOTS) Antiques is a locally owned and operated shop located in historic downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina.
It offers authentic, nostalgic pieces that aren’t found everywhere. Its diverse collection of antiques, vintage items and whatnots–including cameras, lamps, glassware, collectibles, signs, primitives, tools, toys, furniture, reproductions, home décor and gifts–takes customers back to a simpler time when products were made to last.
Husband and wife Phil and Laura Cashwell opened FOTS Antiques in 2009, but they’ve loved seeking out old treasures long before then. Phil’s father was an auctioneer and ever since he and Laura have been together, they’ve enjoyed collecting and restoring old, even discarded pieces from the past.
They like to find special and unusual items and have a knack for breathing new life into old stuff – it’s their preferred brand of recycling!
Both originally from North Carolina, Phil and Laura have lived in Wake Forest since 1986. They got their start selling antiques after they married in 1981, renting space as consignors in Raleigh.
They quickly learned the business and soon began selling at a second location in downtown Wake Forest. Armed with many years of knowledge and experience in the industry, their passion turned into to their very own antique store when they opened FOTS.
Since the squeaky doors of FOTS Antiques opened in 2009, its space has doubled to approximately 4,000 square feet. Dealers and consigners rent space on the second floor of the store and bring a greater diversity of items for customers to browse and buy.
FOTS Antiques has been voted Best of the Best Antique Store for five consecutive years since 2011 by the Wake Weekly newspaper in its Best of the Best Awards. The store is also a member of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. When they’re not working at the store or searching for antique and vintage treasures, Phil and Laura love being grandparents. As a chaplain with the Wake Forest Fire Department, you’ll find Phil cooking potatoes at the annual fish fry.
Laura serves as president of the Wake Forest Downtown Business Alliance. She is also a member of The Victorian Carolers, an a cappella singing group based in Raleigh that delights listeners with the charm of Christmases past.
On occasion, Laura also teaches a Southernese class to help both transplants and locals better understand the accents and charm of the Southern dialect, y’all.