Hidden Treasures on London Road

3 Sep

IMG_3868by Diva Trista Russell

Hidden among the cornfields on London Road (Highway #4) is an antiques place ready to be explored. I’ve often drove by, saw the sign, and wondered what was down that long country laneway.

Bisback Family Antiques is operated by Janis and Peter Bisback. They have restored an old barn on their property and filled it with many unique items, as well as lots of memories. Janis showed my Mom and I around and explained that the true definition of an antique is an item that is quite old—at least 100 years old or more. Most of the antiques in the barn are in great condition for their age, which goes to show how well these items were constructed and cared for. The Bisback’s specialize in early country furniture and folk art. Some of their most popular items are hooked rugs, wooden dressers, and cupboards.

While I must admit I’ve never been a huge fan of antiques, as Janis explained the background behind some of the pieces, I realized I’ve never taken a moment to consider the true value of antiques. It’s more than their re-sale value or brand, but that each is a little piece of history. Something that families can pass down to each generation as an heirloom, or a conversation piece in your home. It’s also the uniqueness – not everyone has a 100 year-old table! If you’re not convinced, you can also view this list of the top 10 reasons to buy antiques.

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Some of the unique items I saw were signs and pottery from the local area, matchbooks, duck decoys, and prize awards from the Western Fair in 1890. You can also view some of their items on their website.

It’s obvious that Janet and Peter have a real love for antiques as they told me many interesting stories from over the years. Stop by…you’ll never know what you could find!

Bisback Family Antiques is located at 72040 London Road, between Exeter and Hensall. Open by appointment or by chance.

Phone: 519-263-3505
Email: bisbackfamilyantiques@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.collectivator.com/image/tid/137

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2 Responses to “Hidden Treasures on London Road”

  1. janis and Peter Bisback September 3, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    thank you Trista for a wonderfully written article about the barn. we certainly enjoy meeting new people and talking to them.

  2. Old Pearly Jenkins September 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I just went to their website, they’ve got some really interesting items for sale. Too bad they’re sooo far away.

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