Avon store brings history to the retail front with reproductions
October 24, 2012
By JESSICA JAMES jjames@MorningJournal.com
Supplying 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century historic reproductions, The Quartermaster General offers an eclectic mix of furniture, clothing and candles to meet every budget and every part of history.
Located at 36840 Detroit Road, in the Shoppes of Olde Avon Village, the store operates out of the Gibbs-Binns house, a 19th century wooden home with a plethora of country-living decor.
[To see more on the Binns House in Olde Avon Village, go to:]
The store has been open since July 2012.
Owner Jim Selander said he prides himself on the stores historical accuracy and diverse range of products.
"We have a lot going on," he said. "Everything here is completely like it would have been during the colonial ages."
Clothing patterns, artwork, leather products, hats, furniture, candles, utensils, buttons, buckles and ink quails are just a few of the items offered at The Quartermaster General.
Selander said the idea for the shop stemmed from his love of history. He has participated in war reenactments all across the country for more than 30 years.
"I do a lot of French and Indian war reenactments," he said. "I met a lot of friends and craftsman who make the majority of the products we sell here."
Buyers range from history buffs, role-players and even museums curators.
"Several of the Smithsonians in Washington, D.C., have contacted us and purchased items," Selander said.
"Our online catalog gives shoppers the opportunity to buy products online, but to fully appreciate what we offer, we encourage people to come to the store and check out what we have for themselves."
Selander said owning the store is more of a hobby than a job.
"I'm a history buff," he said. "I don't want to say I'm an expert in the field, but I enjoy learning about things I'm interested in.
"You got to do what you know and this is what I know." serve hot cider to customers," Selander said.
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
[Our store has been open for more than a year. We sell colonial and primitive furnishings.
The Quartermaster General
36840 Detroit Road Avon, Ohio 44011
Purveyors of the finest quality, most historically accurate equipage available for reenactors, as well as a wide selection of primitives and furniture for the home to fit every budget.
We now offer museum quality 17th, 18th, and 19th century reproduction wood and upholstered furniture, farmhouse furniture, affordable solid wood primitive, distressed furniture, primitive smalls and period-correct goods for the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War reenactor at our new retail location 36840 Detroit Rd, Avon, Ohio.
While we are pleased to present secure online buying in this partial catalog, our furniture can only be fully appreciated when seen and touched, so please visit us at our warm and inviting shoppe in the circa 1850 Gibbs-Binns house located in the Shoppes of Olde Avon Village.
If you plan to visit us, you might want to call 440-934-1819 first to make sure we're here.]
Avon's Quartermaster General shop supplies TV, movie productions
Filed on October 25, 2013 by Steve Fogarty
AVON -- The small, white frame house that dates to the mid-1800s [the Gibbs-Binns House] sits in the middle of a commercial complex.
The Quartermaster General shop may not be as well-known to many in the area as owners Sherie and Jim Selander would like, but it has a very big reputation in the world of historical re-enactors and TV- and movie-production companies ...
Among the hundreds of handmade items the shop offers via its extensive online business site are linen shirts, leggings, stays (women's corsets), sword belts and powder horns that have adorned countless historic re-enactors as well as casts of movies including Mel Gibson's "The Patriot," "Last of the Mohicans" and Fox TV's new series "Sleepy Hollow."
But anyone hoping to get an up-close-and-personal look at the clothes produced for movies or TV is out of luck. The clothing is produced ... by craftspeople around Ohio and elsewhere who contract with the couple. "It's all custom-made, so as soon as something is finished, it's shipped off," Selander said. "We're good at what we do."
While there are quite a number of Civil War-era re-enactors in the area, those who don the garb of the American Revolution and other Colonial periods are few and far between in Ohio, with most living in Virginia, New England and areas closer to the era's historic sites and battlefields.
After operating their very lucrative online business venture for seven years, the couple decided to open the small shop in early 2012 in an 1851 house in the Shops of Old Avon Village retail complex off Detroit Road.
A piece of local history itself, the house served as a home for many families, including a local physician [Dr. Taylor Smith] in the 1930s.
Selander creates and sells the furnishings and clothes seen on television's 'Sleepy Hollow.'... The business has provided items for the "Sleepy Hollow" series ranging from stockings over the knees, silk cravats and "tons of shirts with lace, linen and ruffles."
Selander's keen eye is quick to spot historical inaccuracies in terms of costuming, including a few she's seen on the show. "The woman playing Katrina (Ichabod Crane's wife) has bare arms in some scenes and that wouldn't have been done," Selander said. "You had cleavage, but you didn't see elbows or ankles back then." ...
Items sought by re-enactors and TV or film productions can range from metal belt buckles and buttons to upholstered furniture, corner cupboards and chairs made by a craftsman in West Virginia. The "Sleepy Hollow" series also has purchased reproductions of lanterns, pewter candlesticks and an antique copper tea kettle.
The shop is contributing clothing and other items for a film being made about the Battle of Yorktown for a National Park Service film.
Selander has cut back a bit on production of clothing in favor of Colonial and primitive-style furnishings. "It's definitely back in style." ...
Contact Steve Fogarty at email@example.com.