Rachel Hoffman: Commanding a New Definition of Career Success
Dedicated. Supportive. Determined. The first three words that come to my mind as I interviewed Rachel Hoffman last month. At 29 years old, she’s the senior operations manager for Turn of the Century Antiques as well as the current president of Denver’s Antique Row Association. She also serves as a certified personal property appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers. Hoffman consistently goes the extra mile to not only ensure success in her own career, but also help others achieve their own personal goals.
Hoffman unknowingly began her career before she could even talk at her mother’s antique store, Turn of the Century Antiques. The store specializes in dolls from the late 1700s to today and is one of the last real brick and mortar doll shops in the nation. “I was basically born in the antique store. I was running around the store in diapers,” she says. Although a passion for the antiques didn’t come until later, Hoffman did assist with advertising and sales projects at the store. “I really enjoyed sales. However, it wasn’t until the last couple years that I truly fell in the love with the idea of building a career in the antiques industry. I love the process of the buying and selling pieces and learning about their history.”
As Hoffman’s love for the industry grew, she decided to acquire more skills to add to her already long list of credentials. She obtained a certification from the International Society of Appraisers, the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations in the U.S. “We started getting a lot of inquiries [at the store] about receiving appraisals from a certified professional. Last October, I decided to sign up to get my certification – it was on my bucket list for years. I became certified in November 2014.” Hoffman offers appraisal services and evaluations at Turn of the Century Antiques, but also has organized appraisal shows for the Aurora History Museum in Colorado as well as several public libraries.
In addition, she has spent time participating in organizations that support the antiques trade. “Our store is located on the Historic Antique Row in Denver, and the Row houses a collection of antique stores. I became very involved in the board that supports this area, and two years ago, I became president of Denver’s Antique Row Association,” she says. “Our association strives to keep the enthusiasm for antiques alive and educate people on both antiques and the antiques industry.” Hoffman is also a member of the National Doll Dealers Association and The United Federation of Doll Clubs.
If the preceding duties don’t keep Hoffman busy enough, she also is a columnist for a local newspaper, The Mountain State Collectors. Her topics run the gamut and give readers her point of view from both her appraiser and dealer background. The newspaper gets circulated to everyone in Colorado that either has an interest in antiques or is an advertiser with the newspaper.
Just recently, Hoffman decided to dip her toes into another pond and join the Antiques Young Guns program, which supports individuals working the trade, 39 years old or younger. “I want to be part of a community that shares my same goals and ambitions. I’m excited to network with my fellow young guns!” she comments.
As Hoffman continues to attain her career goals, she doesn’t forget to help others along on their journeys to success. She provides these words of wisdom, “As long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing and believe in what you’re selling, you’re going to find success. You can learn lessons from both the good and the bad in everything you do. If you’ve had a bad day where you didn’t sell anything, look at changing your approach. If you fall down, pick yourself back up and move forward.”
Hoffman currently resides in Denver with her English bulldog, Peyton. In her free time, she enjoys decorating her condo, blogging, shopping thrift stores for special finds and expanding her designer handbag and jewelry collection.
Visit www.AntiquesYoungGunsUSA.com for more details on the Antiques Young Guns program and how you can become a member.