The Stamp and Coin Place, a downtown Bellingham business specializing in bullion trading, as well as stamps, coins, currency, postcards and other collectibles, has expanded its operations on the ground floor of the former Bellingham National Bank Building, located on the corner of Holly Street and Cornwall Avenue.
The new area, dubbed S & C Etc., features retro and vintage collectibles, jewelry, art, antiques, minerals, records, old magazines and other curiosities.
It also houses the firm’s extensive stock of stamps and postcards for collectors.
“We are excited to offer a wide selection of antiques and collectibles across a broad price range,” said Jane Benson of Stamp and Coin Place, in a press release. “With the holiday season approaching, customers are sure to find many unique gifts and perhaps something special for themselves as well.”
The S & C Etc. area of the store will be open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m on Mondays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays .
The Stamp and Coin Place has been in business in downtown Bellingham for more than 40 years.
Tim Rathjen, its current owner, purchased the business in 2003.
The store moved to its present location in 2011 from it former spot in the Parkade Building on Commercial Street.
Since Rathjen took over the business, its staff has expanded from two people to eight full-time and eight part-time employees.
In addition to the items for sale to collectors and investors, the Stamp and Coin Place also keeps an extensive collection of Bellingham and Whatcom County memorabilia for display only.
The Stamp and Coin Place also hosts the annual Bellingham Stamp and Coin Show, which will next be held from April 6-7, 2013, at Fox Hall at the Hampton Inn.