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Fathom Vintage a 'groovy' shop

Editor of the

Ceres (Calif.) Courier

Name of business: Fathom Vintage.

Type of business: Vintage clothing, toys, art, furniture, decor and pinball machines from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Location: 2900 Mitchell Road, Suite A-1, Ceres (corner of Mitchell and Colleen way directly across the street from the Ceres Post Office).

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Contact info: 538-3935 or email

History of business: Fathom Vintage is run by Kelly and David Carter and Ricky Basso. While living in the Bay area, Kelly enjoyed buying and selling vintage clothing and home decor relating to the era she grew up in. When eBay took off she abandoned selling through antique shops and sold exclusively on eBay. She developed a clientele that includes Hollywood film and TV producers in need of vintage clothing.

David learned how to work on pinball and game machines in an arcade in Fremont and partnered up with Basso to buy, refurbish and sell pinball machines. They operated a pinball shop in Newman before they searched for a new shop and found "Ceres is a nice little town" and an affordable store space that is "right off the freeway and in a high traffic area." They opened the Ceres store over Memorial Day weekend.

Fathom Vintage still maintains a heavy presence on eBay with about 500 items on auction under the eBay dealer name of fathomvintage*com at any given time.

Kelly purchases most of her items at yard sales, estate sales and upscale thrift shops and she finds most of her customers are the under 30 crowd who like to repurpose into a new look.

"They're really savvy about this stuff," she said.

Hollywood occasionally buys up her "ultra iconic" items, such as furniture sold to director Peter Jackson for use in the film "Hot Tub Time Machine" (which Kelly suggests is too rank for most audiences).

Pinball machines in the shop are all operational and are left with a used condition look and range from $1,000 up to a Jurassic Park machine priced at $2,995.

Paintings, shoes, ties, books, records, men's and women's clothing, toys, furniture and home decor from the three-decade era are all available in Fathom Vintage. They even have a Bally slot machine.