LFW Top Picks for Antique/Thrift Shops
May24

LFW Top Picks for Antique/Thrift Shops

Do you need kitchen supplies for your very first apartment but are on a tight budget? How about a wacky outfit for an impromptu 90’s themed birthday party? The perfect vintage chair to set in your corner of the room?  Not only is Fort Wayne filled with churches, but we also have an unrecognized abundance of antique and thrift shops. The staff at Living Fort Wayne knows a good deal when we see one and we’re here to help you locate those once-in-a-lifetime finds.   Tim Zink picks… The Country Shops of Grabill (13756 State St. Grabill, IN) My favorite place to find antiques would be The Country Shops of Grabill. It’s just a short drive to the small town of Grabill, northeast of Fort Wayne in Amish country. There are over 150 vendors there selling antiques and other items. I usually pick up books there, but the place is full of other things like antique furniture, housewares, and other collectibles.   Emily Farmer picks… Terry’s Toys (1010 Werling Rd. New Haven, IN) My current favorite—being that I’m a mother of 3 young kids—is Terry’s Toys in New Haven! It is a locally-owned kids toy resale shop. They are very reasonable with prices, you can bargain with them, and they even buy toys. I always feel like I got a great deal when I leave!   Leslie Snare picks… Finders Keepers (2608 Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN) A total eclectic collection of furniture at all price points. They always have something hilarious to say on their sign on the side of their building. My personal favorite: It’s okay to come in just to stare at our nice chest. Furniture puns? Who knew!?   Rhonda Ladig Moxter picks… Nature’s Corner (2307 Spy Run Ave. Fort Wayne, IN) They are 3 stories comprised of tons of antique/collectible booths. The variety in Nature’s Corner is insane. Old comic books, furniture, old-timey clothes–you can find just about everything here!   Travis Bartlett picks… Salvation Army (6031 Lima Rd. Fort Wayne, IN, 1013 S. 13th St. Decatur, IN) I love visiting the Salvation Army for those quick, oddball items I may need for my kitchen or home décor needs. Where else are you going to find a vintage 1970s melon baller for a buck? These are the two locations I visit the most and can always count on having what I’m looking for: https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyLimaRoad/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyDecatur/?fref=ts The Dove’s Nest Thrift Shop (6603 Stellhorn Rd. Fort Wayne, IN) Located on the Northeast side of Fort Wayne, this place has a lot more to offer than your typical thrift store. Every purchase you make goes to countries...

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Mercantile on Main a Must-Shop for all Vintage Lovers
Feb13

Mercantile on Main a Must-Shop for all Vintage Lovers

If you go to the far west end of Main Street, right across from O’Sullivan’s Italian Pub, you’ll find a house that could be straight out of a fairy tale. And for those of us vintage-loving, thrift-shopping, artsy folks out there, Mercantile on Main really is a fairy tale come true. Owners Pam and Bob Michel, along with their daughters Hannah and Addie, have transformed this historic home into an antique store, featuring furniture, collectibles, one of a kind art, and even their own vintage fashion line. Pam Michel has been in the antique business for over 25 years. In the 1980s, she owned the Antiqurie on Broadway, and more recently, she worked on the renovation of the antique lights in the Brookside Mansion at the University of Saint Francis. In 2009, Pam and Bob bought a then-dilapidated house at 1753 West Main Street from the county on back taxes. Four years and countless hours of renovation later, Mercantile on Main opened and was featured in the ARCH home tour of the Nebraska Neighborhood. Mercantile opened in the summer of 2013 and hasn’t lost an ounce of momentum yet. The family is constantly working on new restoration and upcycling projects to feature in the store. They also provide repair service to light fixtures, chandeliers, lampshades, and wall sconces. You can see many of their unique items and projects on their website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram. But to really appreciate the full scope, I recommend going into the shop yourself! They are open Monday thru Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Twitter: @mercantilemain Instagram: @mercantilemain Facebook:...

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