Echo’s china and Silver started in 1981 as an antique store. Joan Howell had recently sold her successful consignment clothing store in West Vancouver BC Canada and was excited about a new adventure in the antique and collectible market. It was 1981 when Echo’s Antiques first opened its doors in North Vancouver. Unfortunately nobody can predict when a recession is going to hit and it did shortly after the business opened. As an independent single mother Joan was determined to make the business work. So with hard work, positive thinking and faith she made a go of it. She first started taking items in on consignment then looked to her “recipe box” for help. With no computers at the time a recipe box was where she kept information on customers wanting to buy and sell items. Noticing a fair amount of requests for discontinued china and silverware Joan quickly got busy and Echo’s Discontinued China and Silver was born. The business quickly expanded and several locations later it remains to this day at 1433 Lonsdale Ave North Vancouver BC Canada.
Joan still works in the shop several days a month with her daughter Kristen Oostindie who took over the shop in 2008 as well as many qualified staff members. Echo’s now has computers, Facebook, Twitter, a Blog and online shopping. Both Mother and daughter love the business especially when they know the china and silver will be well used and continue to make family memories.
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