Rachel Gurley was born and raised in the Antiques Business. "My family is in the business. My mother and father, David and Nan Gurley were an amazing dealers, and when I was 5 or so, they began promoting antique shows. Dealers from all over became my extended family," says Gurley.
Her late, great mother, Nan Gurley, was famous in the business. Her brother Josh, an auctioneer, owns and operates Gurley Auction Company in Parsonsfield, Maine. Rachel opened the Gurley Antiques Gallery originally in Yarmouth, Maine in 2008. In 2011, she met her now husband, Timothy Libby, and moved the business to Dunstan Corner on Route 1 in Scarborough, Maine. Rachel and Joshua have continued the family business and now promote shows.
"I went to school as a French major . . . and graduated with a degree in art history and a minor in French and art from UMaine-Orono. I was a five star pastry chef," Gurley reported, but the entrepreneurial antiques blood ran too strong. "My degree has helped me in the antique business, but my hands-on experience taught me the most. My mom taught me everything from running the business to appreciating the 'little yummies' as she liked to call them." I was watching the shop on our farm by the time I was 10."
With a family name to honor, Gurley promised that she will continue to love the Antiques Business like her parents, David and Nan. "I managed Mom's shop for years, and I know all the guys," she declared. "The business has changed, now we have to have something for everyone. Gurley Antiques Gallery has everything form high quality to Fun and Funky."