Zionsville antique shop offers patrons a walk down memory lane
Photographer / Ryan Woodall
For those hunting for a specific vintage item or in the mood to browse collectibles, The Village Antique Mall has you covered.
Located on Zionsville’s historic Main Street, The Village Antique Mall is 3,000 square feet of what owner Marina Bedell calls “everything from A to Z.” Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and handmade items fill the shop’s glass cases of antiques for sale.
“It’s just amazing,” Bedell says. “I never know what my vendors are going to want to bring in. That’s the fun part about it.”
Case in point — the English pub table that, as Bedell described her shop’s selection recently, had just made its appearance among the wares. Then there is the ’60s-era Pepsi machine she counts as the most unusual item she’s seen a vendor sell.
“It’s kind of like walking back through time,” Bedell says. “I hear people say, ‘Oh, my grandma had this,’ and ‘I had that doll when I was a little girl,’ that kind of thing.”
Among the other interesting items are artifacts from a fleet of Spanish ships that sank in the 1700s, jewelry made of sterling silver and gemstones, and birdhouses crafted by a Southern Indiana resident as part of therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
The birdhouses, Bedell adds, sell so quickly she can barely keep them in stock.
The Village Antique Mall’s large selection fills a shop that’s bigger than it appears from the outside. Located next to CinderBox Chimney Services, the building spans half a block and was formerly a grocery store.
A resident of the Zionsville area for 30 years, Bedell has been with The Village Antique Mall since she joined as a part-time employee in fall 2010. She’d shopped there prior to becoming an employee, so she wasn’t surprised to discover it was a fun place to work.
She was surprised, however, when less than a year later she got the opportunity to purchase the shop. Bedell became The Village Antique Mall’s owner in April 2011. She is the shop’s only staff member, working alongside its vendors.
Those vendors, like the shop’s customers, come from all over the country. Some call places like California and Illinois home, but many are from Zionsville. The shop has become a required stop for local residents showing out-of-town guests all that Zionsville has to offer.
“Even if they don’t buy anything, people tell me, ‘I love your shop and all the stuff in here,’” Bedell says. “And I always tell them I have great vendors. I couldn’t do this without my vendors.”
The Village Antique Mall is located at 45 S. Main Street in Zionsville. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with some special holiday hours. Call Bedell at 317-873-3615 or find the shop on Facebook, @thevillageantiquemall.