The Railroad Store: Newest Addition to the Historic Depot District

By Jack Humphrey | Richmond

May 18

historic depot district richmond indianaImagine a train full of weary travelers pulling into the Richmond Depot.  Dusty, tired, hungry families with children in bonnets and traveling coats alighting from the train in search of provisions.

The Railroad Store might have caught the eye of a young mother, toddler in her arms, looking towards the corner where the new store now sits.

Once a stop for food and comfort items on a long train route, the Railroad Store today is now home to the work of Artisans and antique booths.  A rustic building owned for the past 20 years by the Parker family, it is the perfect home for showcasing the unique designs and antiques you will find there.

Rick Parker is the man behind the vision which showcases the work of multi-talented people here in Wayne County and surrounding areas.  Handmade items include textiles such as woven rugs, crocheted items and hand sewn crafts, pottery, candles, handmade soaps and much more.  The antique booths place the Railroad Store on the map of the well known Antique Alley and offer a wide range of antiques, collectable and vintage items.

Amid the artists gallery of paintings and original art, there is also a little art center for children to make their own creations while parents shop.  And there are plans to open the second floor for more booths as well as non-profit ventures which fit with the theme of handmade items and antiques.

Booth space is still available and at very reasonable prices.  Prices range  from 450.00/year for a full booth down to 85.00/ year for one shelf.  Each booth is assigned a number so that items sold are tracked and calculated daily, each month checks are sent out.  Well trained volunteers staff the store so that you don’t have to be available for sales.

If you are an artist, craftsperson or antique dealer and want an easy and inexpensive option for displaying your wares–this is your place.  After considering opening my own little shop and all the headaches and overhead–this option was much more appealing to me.  So I will be opening my booth space soon which is called “Vintage By Design.”

Come soon to visit the newest addition to the Depot District and a new member of the well known Antique Alley.  Now open on Sunday from Noon- 4 p.m.  Also open Tues – Friday 10:00 am. – 6 p.m.  Closed Mondays.

For more information about shelf or booth rental you can call Rick at 765-977-1906.

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