The Ottumwa Courier

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November 12, 2012

Now and Then Thrift and Antiques offers a variety of items

OTTUMWA — A new antique store downtown is filled with knick-knacks, toys, movies and everything in between.

Now and Then Thrift and Antiques, 510 E. Main St., opened three weeks ago and owner Inez Miller said slowly but surely, the store is making progress.

Miller, who grew up in Pulaski, lived in Ottumwa for 20 years after she got married, though she and her husband now live in Agency. Miller used to work at a pawn shop and through her work there found that she likes interacting with the public. That’s when she decided to open her own antique store.

“I’m learning as I go,” Miller said. “I don’t only have antiques. I have a little bit of everything and there’s something for everyone.”

During her search for items for the shop, whether at auctions or garage sales, or when people bring her items, Miller is surprised by the amount of local history in many of the pieces.

“There are a lot of things unique to this area,” she said. “If I like it, I hope other people do, too.”

The fun part of the hunt for thrift items and antiques is that sometimes you don’t know what something is until you really examine it, Miller said.

The building has been a beauty shop at one point — which explains the two salon chairs behind the register — and was a pawn shop at one time, as well.

“We don’t just have antiques,” Miller said. “We have some new, some old and everything in between.”

Now and Then is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sundays. Those with questions or who are interested in donating items can call the store at 641-954-9067.

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