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By Kelly Youngblood
There’s a new antique store coming to Mansfield that may give some people a sense of déjà vu.
Margaret Roe is set to open Margaret’s Attic to Basement Antiques at 111 N. Jefferson Street this week. The building formerly housed Studio Joy Photography.
Some people who visit may feel like they’ve been at the store before. That’s because Roe ran an antique store by the same name in Farmer City for nearly 20 years before she retired in 2008.
Roe, who has lived in Mansfield for the last 43 years, says she made a decision about a month ago to get back into the antique business.
“It was a spur of the moment decision I made last month,” Roe said, noting she got considerable encouragement from local business owners in Mansfield.
While she has enjoyed the break a four-year retirement gave her, she’s also missed having her own store to display and sell her favorite antique finds.
“I’ve always liked antiques and I love to buy antiques,” Roe said. “I have no place to put them anymore.”
Roe says losing her husband last fall was also a factor in her decision – she just felt the need to do something she loved that would also keep her busy.
“I didn’t think I wanted to do it because I disliked being tied to the front door on a short leash, but since the death of my husband I needed something to do,” she said.
Roe has been busy doing estate sales since she retired and has stayed in touch with her “antique friends” by attending auctions and big antique events.
Next weekend, she will be working at the Central Illinois Antique Dealer’s Show in Bloomington. Attending events like these is how Roe finds out what people are interested in and might want to buy at her store.
Roe was instrumental in putting together the Farmer City Antiques Show that’s been held every year for the last two decades.
Roe has run an antique store since 1986 but says she’s collected antiques long before that time.
Roe’s love for antiques started when she was a child. Her mother always had antiques she says and when Roe got married she inherited her grandmother’s furniture.
Her passion and talent for spotting great antique finds grew from there.
“I’ve always liked antiques. They’re just homey,” she said.
Her store will include collectibles as well as antiques. She says she may also have new items for sale on occasion too. Roe’s favorite antique items are furniture pieces.
“If it’s big and heavy and awkward and impossible to move, I love it,” she joked.
Roe says she will be open on Saturday, Nov. 10 for Christmas in the Village. She hasn’t determined her regular schedule yet but foresees some days that will be appointments only.
Roe says she is open to doing consignment sales or purchasing items from customers as well.