For the love of history...

Located in the historic New Castle Opera House, we are an eclectic cooperative, consisting of 5000 sq ft of art, antiques, collectibles & treasures. We offer an on-site Acquisition Specialist, professional framer and jewelry services. We’re not your average antique store.

Michelle Quaranta, Owner

I’ve been in real estate for most of my career. Unique homes with a history and many stories to tell have always been my favorite.  So much so that my husband, Michael, and I purchased the Van Dyke House in Historic New Castle, Delaware - a Federal-style home built in 1820 by Senator Nicholas Van Dyke, and on the Historic Register. We came to feel that we weren’t as much “owners” of the house as we were stewards of the history. 


We’ve both been collectors of all things beautiful and unusual for years, so bringing those things together into a store like 2nd ACT was a natural extension of our passion.  All of our vendors live in homes that have wonderful stories of their own, and we all have that same desire to share those stories.


We source the old, the beautiful, the rare, the quirky.  We come by our items from a variety of sources, including auction houses, collectors, private sales and consignments.  We believe beauty should be a part of everyone's lives - original, affordable and personal.  So we do our best to find those special items, and bring them to you.


You can be absolutely certain you are buying quality pieces when you buy from us. Come visit the brick and mortar store in Historic New Castle. We hope you enjoy it. Here's to love, to history, and everything in between.







Jan Henion, Vintage NOW

I have always had an interest in the “Past” in terms of Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles. Since first visiting with my grandparents in Maine as a young girl, I was fascinated with their unique items and the furniture of that era.


As I began furnishing my own home, I collected many of these “period pieces” and coordinated them with vintage and current items.


Hence the business name “Vintage NOW.”  My granddaughter designed my business card and my son and grandson came up with the logo name. (NOW—Nana, Olivia, Wes)






Rodney Pratt Framing & Gallery


I have been involved in framing for 10 years. My current and on going association is with Qoro, a specialized reproduction system that can create giclee prints of the original paintings at a fair market value that has not been achievable before. I have worked with many of the local artists, framing originals & reproductions, with the latest mouldings & materials that can be found in the market place. I have also done countless hours of research to find mouldings that customers want to match mouldings that may or may not exist.



Opportunities at 2ndACT:

We are always looking for creative collaborators, and we do at times take consignments. Use the Contact Page to get in touch!

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