My mother and father began operating a paint and hardware business, in Millsboro, in 1953. By the mid-sixties, they were feeling the effects of a changing economy. They were encouraged to look into custom picture framing, and this business line became their high point as Carey’s Paint and Frame Shoppe became well-known throughout the area.
Dad passed away in 2004, and Mom continued to operate the business until health deterred her in 2016. After a brief period of inactivity, I reopened the store doing business as Carey’s Frame Shop in May 2017.
Lamp repair is rooted in my past, beginning well back in my youth, first repairing everything from lamps and toasters to radios and televisions. The passage of time has taken me from tube radios and TVs to guided missiles, to computers, and now back to lamps.
Following retirement, I began to unpack my old lamp collection and my interest was slowly rekindled. Discussions with local businesses led me to start doing lamp repair on the side, and as customers began to trickle in, I decided it was time to expand. In March 2018, Old Lamps New Again was born and lamp repair services are now available for most antique and vintage lamps as an additional service through Carey’s Frame Shop.