Recycling San Antonio Since 1966
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Jack and Charlotte Whisenhunt proved themselves forward thinking entrepreneurs who were early visionaries of the property on the Northeast San Antonio route known as Austin Highway. They ventured into entrepreneurship in 1966, a few years before Hemisphere World’s Fair. In a small vacated homestead, they set up the first of what would be several locations for the “Charlott’s” legacy. Over the years, Jack and Charlotte grew the business of “Charlott’s Antiques” into the building of the “K-T Tavern,” built “Charlott’s Clock Shop” on the adjoining vacant lot, and lastly built the current 7,000 sq ft building at 2023 Austin Highway. Much of their success can be credited to their tremendous work ethic, their instinctive gift for acquiring sellable merchandise, and ability to adapt to changing markets.
The couple’s love affair with San Antonio traverses over four decades and has grown throughout that period. With Jack being a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, the close proximity to Ft. Sam Houston was convenient for the couple as many medical services were being provided to military personnel. Jack had served his country dutifully and the presence of the base was beneficial to this couple and so many others who chose to retire in San Antonio. The climate was right for a generation of World War II veterans and their families to gather amidst “Charlott’s” eclectic collections ranging from cuckoo clocks to wooden skis, from Hummel figurines to Blue Delft plates, and share stories of their European adventures.
As time passed, so did members from the generation of people who had made investments in European dainties. Estates which were offered to the couple to liquidate became another means to serve the community. In addition, the faithful “Charlott’s” followers enjoyed the opportunity of getting more rare treasures from this new avenue. With the growth of social media, getting pictures and communication out enabled the selling and buying process to move off site and expanded the customer base. Today, “Charlott’s” footprint expands across ebay, etsy, facebook, pinterest and blogspot.
Charlott’s continues the same dedication of “recycling San Antonio” through the store’s doors. A love affair that began over fifty years ago continues to weave the web by introducing a whole new generation of shoppers who now seek “vintage” products they can “up-cycle” or “re-cycle”. They may have a whole new look, but their hearts continue with a reminiscent zeal of seeking out just the right pieces of kitsch that takes them to a by-gone era.
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"Ich Bin Charlotte"