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Meet Casey Walters and Cora McGleam of 1837 Auctions in Bridgeport

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Walters and Cora McGleam.

Casey and Cora, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Our journey began as antique dealers buying and selling at flea markets, antique shows and online in 2013. We developed a mutual passion for art, antiques, and fashion and sold anything and everything we could to make money and support ourselves.

More important than anything, we desired to be our own bosses. In 2016 we experienced a major family turmoil which forced us to take jobs out of state as a housekeeper and janitor and stray away from what we loved just to stay afloat. This experience changed our lives in many ways and gave us the hunger and desire to grow something bigger.

After quitting our jobs and moving back to Chicago we realized that the major obstacle to success was our own mindsets. We started 1837 Auctions in August of 2017 and have enjoyed a level of success we didn’t believe possible only months earlier. Our main focus today is helping people sell their valuables at auction in an easy, affordable and modern way.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As Millennials in the antiques and art world, getting recognized has been struggling all on its own. There are very few people of our generation not only interested in, but actively pursuing careers in the business. Many people our age are not taken seriously by our older peers and we have to prove every day through our actions and results that we are legitimate experts in our field.

It took us four years of dedication in a slumping industry to find the focus and courage to pursue this business in a time when sales for antiques have never been worse. We have developed a way to help business owners, collectors and antique dealers turn around a down market and make consistent cash flow with the online auction method.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
1837 Auctions derives its name from the history of the City of Chicago. Chicago was founded in 1833 and incorporated as a city in 1837.

Casey and Cora were born and raised in Chicago (Rogers Park & Bridgeport) and have deep family roots in the city. It was important to include our birthplace and home into the name of our business. We are a company that provides business owners with a platform to sell their valuables at online public auctions easier and more efficiently than previously available in the auction industry.

We are known for our exceptional and unusual vintage clothing, fine art objects and scarce collectibles. We are most proud of being able to create regular cash flow for our clients and doing it fast and efficiently. We have one of the quickest turn-around times in the business here in Chicago and we love helping our clients create more revenue.

Our main differentiating factor is that we are your go-to source as owners of the company. When we build a relationship with a client, they know they will be dealing with us personally and we will always be in their corner.

What were you like growing up?
Cora: As a child, was pretty shy, my mother moved around a lot and it was always a struggle for me to keep relationships since I had no choice over where I lived. I knew at a young age that I loved clothes, I would constantly rummage through my grandmothers closet trying on outfits and makeup for fun. I found my confidence through personal style. I could dress however I wanted and that made me feel so free.

By 20 I had worked a ton of retail jobs and never thought it was possible to have my own business. Casey is one of my biggest inspirations, he helped me become the woman I am today and was the first person to introduce me to the antique world. I love the direction we are headed and am more excited for the future than ever before.

Casey: Like Cora, I also came from a broken and disoriented home. My mother raised me on her own while running a business. As a child, I had one interest after another. I was obsessive over the things I loved and went through many phases deciding what it was I wanted to be in life. It was always easy to make friendships but I was never particularly outgoing. Mutual love for antiques and art is one of the major things that bonded Cora and I for life.

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@victoriancoke – Instagram (cora)

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