BEAN BLOSSOM — Some days, Paulette Sackmann feels as much like she runs an artist supply store as an antique store.
Sackmann and her husband, Paul, operate Plum Creek Antiques, where they share their mutual love of all things old with the world.
Inside their store, a former fruit market, rafters are adorned with antique license plates. One area of the ceiling is made up entirely of tin roofing.
Unlike the license plates, the roofing isn’t for sale, but it is an example of what the Sackmanns sell.
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“I sold the entire roof of a house, that I brought in here yesterday, to one guy” who intended to use it for the interior of his Edinburgh business, Paul said.
Plum Creek Antiques is only open Friday through Sunday, but it’s a full-time job keeping the store stocked, and the Sackmanns are always looking for more, they said.
Paul has bought entire barns. Disassembling one takes about nine weeks.
In recent months, antique fruit jars have been popular, with customers looking to recreate lighting fixtures they saw online.
“With Pinterest, I feel like we’re really on fire here,” Paulette said.
Paul has loved antiques his entire life, even in his childhood. For Paulette, it was more of an acquired taste.
“When we got married, I had him get rid of all of his antiques,” she said. “Now I’m worse than him.”
In school, Paulette hated history class. Yet, she now wonders if class had involved holding real pieces of history and discussing the people who used them, she wouldn’t have loved it instead.
The Sackmanns’ antiques are not simply collectors’ items or artifacts, they said. Whether they are already restored or intended as a project piece, they are meant to become a functional part of their new owners’ lives.
There is life to the history in their store, and they can feel the connection in everything they touch, Paul said.
“We’ve got a Model T in here. I feel like Henry Ford’s right on my shoulder, helping me fix it,” he said.
Paulette drives the 1926 Ford, even taking it into Nashville or to parties. Some visitors stop at the store just to take a look at the car.
It isn’t enough for the Sackmanns to share their love of all things old with one another; they want to share it with everyone else, too.
Paul has a collection of wooden wheels and will give younger children a free set just to see what they create and return with, he said. It’s quite common for children to come into the store glued to the screen of their phone and leave with a project, he said.
After a short conversation with Paul, a young man walked out of the store, turning a jar over in his hands and examining its features.
“Paul loves to give kids things, just to inspire,” Paulette said.
Young people crave projects and the satisfaction of creating something themselves, Paul said. And it’s a longing that many of their adult customers share as well.
The Model T isn’t the only antique car that has graced the store over the nine years they have operated in Bean Blossom, Paul said. He loves to get them running again, but is just as pleased to see them with a family that wants a project to work on together.
“And then it’s their family heirloom,” he said.
The way he feels about the cars is how he feels about everything in their store: “I like to get things that are intact that need to be rebuilt, that can be rebuilt,” he said. “And then get ‘em in a family that they know their kids are going to want that kind of stuff.”
Where: State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays to Sundays
Contact: 812-988-6268, facebook.com/PlumCreekAntiques