All antique shops aren't just antique shops. By that I mean there are some that deal only with antiques, while others branch from antiques into other types of merchandise. Some of these shops feature goods owned by the shop owners. Others provide a temporary home to products owned by others, who rent space in the shop, or pay the owner a commission for each sale, or both. These are goods placed in the shop on consignment and this is an awesome setup and opportunity for both the seller and the buyer.
As noted in a recent article by Vicki Warner of Life Talks - I Write (check it out, link's embedded for you), consignment shops are an excellent venue for entrepreneurs, allowing them to reach clients in multiple areas, even in other countries without having to set up an independent shop in all of the places they want to make their wares available.
Antique Emporium in New Harmony, Indiana is one such shop that works with multiple indie biz owners by offering to display and sell their goods on consignment. It's not one of those musty-dusty antique shops that make your eyes water and brings on sneezing. It's quaint, clean and has truly beautiful pieces on display that are well worth your time to shop through.
Heading into the village, via the village's main drag, Antique Emporium is situated on the left at 525 Church St., just next to the Yellow Tavern.
Don't worry about planning a visit and then being disappointed to find it closed. With exception to Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, the shop is open and happy to receive guests.
Once inside, be prepared to browse through many sections of eye candy!
Antique Emporium opened in August of 2003. It's owned by Paula Alldredge, a native of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, who's ensuring the merchandise in her shop isn't limited to antiques.
Browsing the aisles, shelves and walls, clients will see a wide variety of goods, including many that are uniquely crafted items by independent artisans. I saw beautiful paintings by an 80+-year-old artisan (Genevieve Arnold of Kingston, Tennessee) and another from a local, Posey County painter. The latter happened to be visiting the shop while I was there for the interview. He's a very nice man, buy I'll refrain from disclosing his name due to his privacy preferences.
I also discovered beautiful quilts, beaded necklaces and hand-bags, all crafted by artisans whose work can regularly be found in Paula's shop. If you have questions about them, I found her to be very knowledgeable about the products showcased and those who make them.
A big treat for me was to see local favorites represented among the goods, including gourmet candy boxes from Mt. Vernon's Three Chicks Fudgery, and a few of my sister's (Alicia Jay Phillips of On Story Street) photographs, cards and books. The shop stays busy and Alicia's been pleased to have her work steadily selling since it's been available there.
The shop also has a room in the back that's like a mini-museum displaying Civil War artifacts.
Antiques Emporium doesn't have a website but does have a facebook business page. Paula says she'll ship items to anywhere within the U.S. as long as the purchaser is willing to pay the shipping fees. If international sellers wish to place goods in her shop, they can contact her to discuss the possibilities via the facebook page as well. She can also be reached by emailing to email@example.com.
Now that you're familiar with Paula and the Antique Emporium, I hope you'll pay her shop a visit next time you're in the vicinity of New Harmony, or hit her up on facebook. She's a wonderful supporter of the indie biz community and I'm happy to have the privilege of introducing you to her, here on flashPress.
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