If you are an antique lover or just an avid collector, The Attic on 10th Street warrants a peek. With a new direction to include more high-end antiques as well as sports memorabilia, the friendly shop is fun to wander through. The staff welcomes patrons to “graze” and ask questions about the various interesting items. The extensive vinyl collection is familiar to regular customers, but rotating the records and highlighting new ones shows off the in-depth collection Dave Seely has amassed over the years. Looking for a particular item? The staff are ready to accommodate your search.
Scott Parris, a Coronado resident who ”can’t stand being retired,” is a new addition to The Attic. He is grateful to owner Jane Crosby for allowing him to join the staff. He shares his passion for collecting easily, and his love of people is apparent. He knows he is a natural born salesman because he enjoys talking with everyone. A collector for many years, he now must downsize into a condo, which he previously used for only vacations and get-away weekends. However, he appears happy to release his prized possessions to other eager collectors.
Parris’ warehouse full of collectibles is filled with treasures from charity events, antique shops, garage sales, and thrift shops. Some items have interesting stories which he is eager to share. As a coach for various youth organizations, he had contacts with the 49ers and Broncos who donated excess and used equipment to needy teams. He would see that they were delivered.
Becoming friends with the equipment managers meant he sometimes was the recipient of special items which they gifted him, such as Joe Montana’s shoulder pads, one of his favorite possessions. His collection is not limited to sports, however. One special item from his eclectic collection is a signed Rolling Stones jacket.
The Attic staff hopes the new items and airy feel of the shop will appeal to customers. Parris hopes to turn the inventory over each month in order to show the new items. Rotation of items is important so that customers have a new experience each time they shop at The Attic.
Parris has long been a sports enthusiast. By 8-years-old he was an accomplished athlete winning the Punt, Pass, and Kick championship. He played football four years at St. Mary’s in Moraga, California, was on the golf team, played rugby, and was a National Wrestling Champion while in college. He currently teaches golf.
His dad, a fight doctor at championship fights, never had time to see him perform, attending only one high school football game. When his dad suggested arm wrestling, Parris, wanting to impress him, said he would “go all the way, and his dad had to show up.” Both kept the bargain, and his dad “made up for not being at earlier games.”
Parris and Seely feed off each other’s energy since both are passionate about their collections. They are both entertaining conversationalists, making a stop at The Attic more than just shopping. With such enthusiasm, they are sure to spread their love of collecting to fellow Coronadans. Keeping a thriving shop, they feel, will contribute to spreading the “spirit of Coronado.” They hope to keep the shop open until 9 p.m. this summer.