Antiques and Decor at Pennsdale’s Country Store
PENNSDALE-At Country Store Antiques & Decor, locals may delighted to know much of the building’s ambiance remains. For individuals outside the area, the store is a great discovery within the quaint village of Pennsdale.
Just how much residents of the community resist the slipping away of things constant in their world was revealed by new owners Cindy Shaner and son Cameron. “When we began making minor improvements we removed the front double doors to replace plexiglass with safety glass. People asked if we’d sold them and seemed relieved to learn they’d be back.”
From the entryway, one can observe that more than the doors remain. For instance, the built-in post office boxes where in the past, villagers had received mail. The exterior signage identifying the business is now inside, with walls refreshed with the same paint color.
As the former General Store was known for quality meats, perhaps the most impressive item salvaged is the butcher’s block. Former customers may not have taken note as previously, it was out of sight behind the high meat cases. Cindy said that, “We had the block sanded, stained and finished before placing it on the room’s opposite wall to serve as our checkout counter.”
Although the soda machine and meat cases were removed, Cameron kept one small cooler where the famous County Store meat sticks are available. “What could be better than shopping while chewing on a meat stick,” he said.
Until it’s closing, the Shaners’ had a antique vendor booth at the nearby Old Barn Center. “We look around for a property wanting to stay in the same area. Other antique shops are quite a distance from here and we didn’t want to travel,” Cindy said. Cameron added that, “We thought buying the store would save a piece of local history.”
At an early age, both Cindy and Cameron have been drawn to antiques. Cindy learned much when working for a local auctioneer. She prefers primitive cabinetry and Fiesta Ware, while Cameron likes jewelry and old tools.
Knowing the value to antiques, Cameron is in charge of buying, selling, pricing and bookkeeping. Mom laughed as she said, “He’s tight and that’s why I depend on him to keep us afloat.” The twosome juggle this labor of love with regular careers, mom is a nurse and the son a mechanic.
The duo attends auctions, estate sales, and will offer a buyout amount to those wanting to dispose items in a timely manner. They will also take pieces on consignment.
The owners have booths for rent and can host as many as 20 vendors. Those interested may refer to their Facebook page.
The stores grand opening was held Saturday, Oct. 31. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.