Dustin's job takes him all over the greater Fort Wayne area. He drives through a lot of little towns. A couple of months ago he told me of a small downtown that had a couple of antique shops that seemed worth investigating. I had been looking for either a dresser for Lou's room or a hutch to go where our book shelf use to be. So I was game. So we all piled into the van and took a drive south.
The is the Corner Store Antiques. Jeff has a Facebook page where he regularly posts some of the coolest finds. He is also really great in person. Dustin had stopped by before we all went and had chatted to Jim about the kinds of things that we liked. The store was packed. There was the look and browse aspect as well as the dig around aspect, so depending on what kind of vintage shopper you are, you get your fill.
He has a lot of beautiful stuff. All the classics, but a lot of other cool fines. Like those lamps. Crazy awesome. And the rotary phone... in mint!
Everthing in his shop was in really good condition. Which translates to longevity in my mind. Vintage is only as good as it lasts (with care and love). Nobody wants to purchase something that then falls apart. Also, I wish I had a place for those chairs. Very cool. In the picture below. Check out all those dishes. He had a lot of dishes. Whole sets.
We stumbled across this gorgeous mid-century hutch. It was too wide for where we wanted it to go, so Dustin and I had one of those intense powwows where we debated how to problem solve the size issue. Dustin won out and we purchased the piece. We also purchased a sweet portable record player for Bug and a cute pink bedside clock for Lou.
This hutch is in really good shape and look at those legs. So beautiful! I just love furniture with legs! The drawers now hold all my kitchen linens and my too big platters. Ignore what's on display. I haven't decided on how to integrate it into our lives yet. There has been a lot of moving stuff around to get this piece into our house. If you are curious: the gold glasses are part of a Turkish Tea set my sweet brother brought back from Iraq for me. The Troll was purchased for Dustin by his mother many, many years ago. The pyrex dishes have been collected from various sources.
We couldn't bring the piece home with us on the day we purchased it because we didn't have room and Jeff needed time to remove the dishes that he had on display in the hutch. So just be mindful that there might be some delay in getting the piece back home. We hauled the piece home ourselves, which wasn't a big deal, but Jeff has some shipping connections as well. So you have options.
There were two other antique stores in the downtown area. Both were packed with cool finds and great pieces. Oak Leaf Antiques felt more "old school" antique shopping, with every possible kind of thing. He had lots of knick knacks and a whole wall of antique pictures and frames. Dynamite's Antiques had just opened and had a stack of really cool old doors, perfect for a kitchen island makeover or a headboard diy. Dynamite's was also really clean and bright. Both are worth checking out.
On the downside, depending on the amount to time it takes to get there, you are going to get hungry. And unless you love gas station food, I suggest you eat before you come or bring a lunch with you. The down town appears to be in some sort of transition and there is a small bistro of some sort there, but it wasn't open when we were there, on a Saturday. So the food option kinda stinks. Regardless though, if you are looking for something one of a kind, unique or a mid-century piece, try this little town. It was worth it.