Nan’s love of fashion and vintage clothing flourished into a livelihood that has had her in business in Port Jefferson for over 40 years.
Antique Costumes and Props by Nan, formerly Antiques at Trader’s Cove, was opened in 1977 as a general antique shop in the Trader’s Cove section of Port Jefferson Village, specializing in vintage clothing. As vintage clothes became more difficult to find, she decided to rent rather than sell. Because old garments are fragile, it became necessary to make authentically accurate copies that could be worn and rented out, reserving the originals for photography and display only. She relocated her shop to the Historic Captain Henry Hallock House, a spacious Victorian on Main Street, in 1995.
Her business rents from her vast collection of antique and vintage clothing and props, authentic period recreations, and even modern designer ensembles for any occasion from formal to fanciful. Nan can be your fairy godmother for all of life’s memorable events, from Christenings to Sweet Sixteens and Proms to Weddings. She has costumed adults and children all over the country and around the world for parties and celebrations such as Carnivale and Mardi Gras, historic anniversaries and reenactments, themed soirees, romantic weekends, and supplies items for movies, theatrical productions, documentaries, commercials, book covers, illustrations, and paintings.
Over the years, Nan has been a proud supporter of programs to educate about local history and celebrate the community. Her costumes, artifacts, and expertise have been utilized by several historical societies and groups, including the Village of Port Jefferson’s Heritage Weekend, the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce & Suwassett Garden Club’s Annual Gardens and Landscapes Tour, Three Village Historical Society’s Annual Spirit Tour, a year-long celebration involving multiple events for the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Smithtown, Teas and Talks by the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Mansion Showcases, a number of historical presentations and exhibits at local museums, libraries, and other venues, immigration day and wax museum/living museum projects for schools across Long Island.
As one of the founders of Port Jefferson’s Annual Dickens Festival, Nan has been lending authenticity to the event since its inception.