Laster’s Fine Art & Antiques Selling Your Estate the Right Way

Laster’s Fine Art & Antiques Selling Your Estate the Right Way
By Timothy G. Beeman II
Larry Laster and his son Ryan opened Laster’s Fine Art & Antiques on Stratford Road in July 2011. Laster’s have made a name in the estate settlement business by working with attorneys, executors, administrators, heirs, individuals and families in whatever services they need to implement the task.
Considering being open for only six years, however, the Lasters aren’t new to the business. Larry has been selling antiques since 1973. He had interests in furniture design and planned on going to school to act on his interest. Antiques were just a side business. At 16 years old, he and a friend were driving around picking up glass bottles to turn in for the bottle deposit. The friends came across a pair of old chairs that an older couple had left in their yard. The couple agreed to give the chairs to Larry and his pal, free of charge. They took the chairs to an antique store that Larry was familiar with and the store gave them $50 for them. In the 1960s, that was a lot of money. Larry figured it was quicker to find and flip antiques than it was to collect bottles. 
Ryan graduated from Appalachian State University in 2010 with a degree in audio/video production but found it difficult to find a well-paying gig in that profession.
So, he started working for his father, and together they operate the store. Even though he now works with his father, he has been helping in the family business since he was old enough to understand the workings of the industry.
Laster’s Fine Art & Antiques is always on the lookout for fine art, paintings, sculptures, prints, old photographs (1950s and before), fine antiques and high-quality furniture in ready-to-use condition. But, they also deal with other collectibles such as Sterling silver flatware, serving pieces, candlesticks, coins, early paper money collections, rare books, leather-bound books, old world maps and atlases, Civil War and older memorabilia and older documents, just to name a few of the items they buy, sell and consign.
Laster’s offers verbal estimates and appraisals. They are experts in the things they sell and will give you an accurate market price. Ryan and Larry are honest with you about the value of your prized belongings.
Ryan says that one of the favorite aspects of this business, to him, is seeing people come back, happy with their newfound treasures and expressing as much. The satisfied customers that actually come into the store to tell them how delighted they are. That is more satisfying to him than any email or phone call; he gets to see their elation and that means a lot. It is just one of the ways it drives the Laster’s to be the best stewards for other people’s things, properties and holdings.
Their store is clean, welcoming and stocked with plenty of beautiful things for you to peruse and make yours forever.
Laster’s Fine Art & Antiques can be found at 664 South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem. You can find more information by visiting their website: LastersFineArt.com.