His Antique Garage is a strategic alliance between The Antique Garage (TAG), LLC and Rustic Design & Creations (RDC), LLC. We exchange of creative ideas, share resources, and some operating costs. But…most importantly we share fellowship as we canvas neighborhoods and communities, from flea markets, to auctions, to estate sales, to garage sales and even antique stores and the internet to find items to breathe life back into them.
"When I was a kid, 10 years old or even younger, I remember making trips to the city dump and local auto junk yards. I used to love those near-weekly trips hauling the trash just so I could find the "good stuff" someone else was discarding. I've also been known to dumpster dive throughout the years long before it was trendy to salvage and repurpose." Rod Potter, The Antique Garage, LLC
"I recall prior to attending preschool, spending hours upon hours at my father’s machine shop. I literally knew how to use a drill press and band saw before learning how to add. As I got older, I developed a passion for drawing and graphic design. Throughout the years, I’ve learned how to blend my artistic side with my creative (carpentry) side." Carlos Montelongo, Rustic Designs and Creations, LLC
The Antique Garage is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, Small Business (SDVOSB) and Rustic Designs and Creations is a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).
Rod Potter was born and raised in Kansas. He served in the USAF as a security forces member from 1984-2004 where he worked in the Intelligence Community for much of his career. He then relocated to Colorado and worked as a defense contractor for another ten years before retiring to become a small farm rancher. Rod has always enjoyed woodworking, antiquing, and picking and is now living out his dream to do this full time.
Carlos Montelongo was born in Texas, and moved to Colorado in 1978. After graduating from Mitchell High School, he enlisted into the United States Navy. Carlos served 5 years as an Air Traffic Controller and ended his enlistment in 1995. In 1998 he was accepted into the Colorado Springs Police Academy and served his community as a patrol officer, school resource officer, investigator, mentor and police training officer. After 15 years of service, he retired because of a duty-related disability.