It all started
when our barn got too full of “old stuff” to fit our cars.
Something had to be done!
For years we had casually searched for the
perfect location and building for an antique mall business, but just
never seemed to find exactly what we were looking for.
So our flea market, estate sale, and antique
auction finds just kept piling up in the barn for our
future dream business. When Keith
retired from his job in 2007, the search for a building
suddenly became more than just a casual pastime.
Keith was ready to start a new “fun” phase of
Who knew that a chance drive through
quaint village of New Paris, Ohio, would lead us to a
stately and somewhat dilapidated old IOOF building
(Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge) built in 1873.
It fit all of our criteria -- just two miles from
a major interstate, in a small town with local interest,
and perhaps most importantly, a price tag that was within
our budget! (See more about the history
and rehab of our great old building on the Building
After many months of hard labor and
calling in every favor we ever had (and then some) to
bring the old IOOF building back to life, the barn was
raided and stored up treasures were installed in our
freshly cleaned, painted, and patched up building.
We put up a sign announcing available vendor space, and within a year nearly three floors were
filled up causing us to begin looking for ways to expand.
Since then, the basement and our next door building
have also been incorporated into mall floor space.
The New Paris Antique Mall is now
bursting with approximately 10,000 square feet of antiques
offered by nearly 30 vendors and it’s just the right size
for a delightful antique excursion in the country.
It’s not so big that you become overwhelmed with
mind-numbing row after row and of items that all begin to
look alike after a while, and it’s just large enough to
well-satisfy your itch to rummage and find a great buy.
We pride ourselves in providing a wonderful
array of affordable antiques of many styles and periods
that are nicely displayed in a friendly, inviting, and
A stroll through our historic building
is a delight to the senses as you enjoy the spicy smell of
country candles, the salty taste of warm popcorn that is
always on hand, while reminiscing to some great forties
music piped throughout the building on a daily basis.
And if you come on the weekends, you will be
happily greeted at the door by Cookie (our Boston Terrier) who wiggle up to every visitor and are
always pleased to receive a pat on the head.
We pinch ourselves all the time because
all of the years of collecting and thinking how fun it
would be to have our own store has actually come to
fruition and we are having a blast! Oh,
and by the way, we still can’t seem to fit the cars in the
barn . . .