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Pound Ridge's Joan Silbersher Sells Unique Wares

Joan Silbersher owns Antiques and Tools of Business & Kitchen in Pound Ridge.
Joan Silbersher owns Antiques and Tools of Business & Kitchen in Pound Ridge. Photo Credit: Laurance Baschkin

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- On any given day at Antiques and Tools of Business & Kitchen, there is a sense of finding every 19th Century gadget under the sun. The owner of this well-known establishment is Joan Silbersher, Pound Ridge resident since 1959.

Joan admits her primary source for items is the occasional auction and yard sales for which she eagerly attends. She takes pride in sharing the fact one of the best items she recently sold was an old copper boiler, originally used to clean clothes.

"While most old boilers are used for fire wood, this one was bought by Richard Gere." she adds, explaining it is currently used as a wine cooler at Gere's Bedford Post Inn.

Silbersher is also the founder of the Pound Ridge Farmers and Bakers Market which takes place every Sunday from 11-3 in front of her store. Originally known as the Holiday Antiques Market, she said the primary reason for its continued success has been "Providing a positive contribution to generate action in our business community."

Another interesting fact about Silbersher is her affiliation to the Pound Ridge "Little Book of Numbers,''  which for several years has been produced by her daughter, Ricky.

Many in town also know Silbersher is is a moderate Democrat and quite outspoken about most issues. "I like to keep some politicians on their toes" she claims, "and many residents appreciate it."

What few residents in town know about her is that in 1990 she was diagnosed with cancer. With proper medical care and a feisty personality, she kicked it.

Antiques and Tools of Business & Kitchen as well as the weekly market is at 65 Westchester Ave. in Scotts Corners, Pound Ridge.

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