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— AT J&K FLEAS AN’TIQUES —

Antique-looking tea cups are at the antique shop for customers that appreciate tea.

J&K Fleas An’Tiques, located in downtown Gray, has unique items for purchase for those who can’t find that one thing they have been looking for.

The antique shop is located at 109 Atlanta Road in downtown Gray and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Keith Rex, the owner of J&K Fleas An’Tiques, said he is from Conyers and enjoys running his shop in Jones County because it reminds him of growing up in Milledgeville when it was a smaller town.

“I like the small town feeling here,” he said. “My other store is in Madison and if you aren’t in the clique there then it’s different. Gray has more of a down home feeling to me.”

Rex said he owns the store in Jones County because an opportunity presented itself here to him and the store was offered to him. He said he thought Gray was a good place to have a shop like this and he’s grateful to the people of Gray for their support.

Catherine Johnston helps to manage the shop with Joe Johnston. The couple has lived in Jones County for 14 years now and enjoy every minute of it.

“You need this shop. It draws in a lot of people, so we need it,” she said. “People get off the main highway and they come here. They like what they see and we also like the people of Gray.”

Johnston said they have customers from all areas come in and she thinks the shops here really make the downtown a great area. She said these are the types of places people like to visit.

J&K Fleas An’Tiques has a little bit of everything in the shop ranging from low prices, to higher prices. Quilts, paintings, dolls, fine china, toddlers clothing, and home decor items are just a few of the things the shop has available for purchase.

“I have a lot of customers who know me from Eatonton and Milledgeville. We try to have something for everyone. We have some fleas and we have some ‘tiques,” Rex said.

The shop owner said he opened his shop here in Jones County in August two years ago. He also started a shop like this one 25 years ago in Milledgeville.

“I started selling stuff out of my house and I would go to yard sales to buy things,” the shop owner said. “People would come to my house and say they loved the items I had. I would fix it up and people loved it.”

Rex said he decorated houses in Milledgeville for a while then a little shop became available there. He now is the owner of three different shops, including the one in downtown Gray.

“I like to buy items. It’s the thrill of the hunt. I like finding items I can turn around and sell here at the shop. It’s not about the money I make here,” he said.

The shop owner said he will run the shop in downtown Gray for as long as he can. The term one man’s trash is another man’s treasure comes to mind.

“It’s fun here. I love seeing what will sell and who will buy it,” Johnston said. “You can find a lot of stuff that is a gem and you meet a lot of interesting people in this type of business.”

For more information about J&K Fleas An’Tiques, please visit https://www.facebook.com/JK-Fleas-AnTiques-of-Gray-240718986097041/ or call 478-936-9857.