OVERTON — Almost every 20 years, Lois Stone writes a new chapter in her life.
For Stone, change is a good thing.
After living in the southern United States for 20 years, she moved to Stamford about 20 years ago to be closer to her daughter, Thresa Chamberlain.
Now, Stone soon will be moving to Overton to be closer to her new business — Tiede’s Second-Hand and Antiques.
Stone purchased the antique store earlier this month from Karl and Beulah Tiede, who retired from the business in December 2018 after 46 years. Stone had learned about the shop from her daughter.
“She said, ‘There is this amazing place. We have to go back and shop,’” Stone said. “We came a couple times. We were excited because we are really into junk. We like old stuff.”
When the Tiedes announced their half-price retirement sale last year, Stone returned to the store to shop for books. She inquired about the asking price for the business, but it was out of her price range, she said. But Stone later received a call from Beulah about purchasing the business, and after walking around the building a few times, Stone decided to take the plunge.
While the Tiedes were able to sell more than 30,000 books and other inventory during their retirement sale, the store still is filled with 50,000 books and countless antiques. Stone closed on the business May 9 and opened her doors to the public May 11.
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She has had experience running businesses in the past as a former regional manager for DuPont and running her own business, Buckboard Trading Post, with Chamberlain in Orleans.
“We do re-enactment, pre-1840 re-enactment garments. We make mountain man shirts, leather pants. My daughter does quill work, bead work. We used to go every weekend to these muzzleloader events and put up a trade tent and sell our stuff,” Stone said.
Stone enjoys antiques, but she admits she doesn’t have an extensive knowledge about items’ worth. Pricing pieces has been one of the biggest challenges, she said. The Tiedes did leave behind books about values of antiques, and Chamberlain often will look online to determine the value of objects. The Tiedes have also lent a hand when Stone needs it.
“The Tiedes have been wonderful about helping if I have any questions. They are more than happy to answer the questions. Both Karl and Beulah have been over here ... to show me stuff,” said Stone. “They have really been great.”
As Stone walks around the 15,744-square-foot warehouse and showroom space, she points out things she plans to work on, from new carpet and paint to tidying up the books. She wants to clean up the garage area to use during the holiday season to display Christmas merchandise. Stone also hopes to bring in more Native American and Western pieces. A display case at the checkout counter showcases Western items, including some items Stone and Chamberlain have made.
While Stone plans some improvements around the building and to add some of her own touches, she intends to keep the Tiedes’ name and keep the store relatively the same. Tiede’s will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Once she moves to Overton, she aspires to also open the store on Fridays. The store will have its grand opening Saturday, and Stone plans to have books at half price. There also will be a drawing for a $25 gift card to the store.
Since Stone has taken over the business, she’s been surprised at how many people passing through on Highway 30 stop to peruse. The word is beginning to spread that Tiede’s has reopened under new ownership, and Stone is confident that business will grow. She’s already received a warm welcome from the Overton community.
“I think a lot of people still don’t know about it, but the people in town are really happy. They come in. We’ve had people hug us and shake our hand. Everybody says, ‘We are so glad you are open,’” she said.
For Stone, working in the store often is like a treasure hunt. When she came upon a black, cast iron Singer sewing machine, she claimed it for herself.
“It’s kind of fun. Every time I walk around I see something I hadn’t seen before. Its like, ‘Oh my gosh what is that?’ It’s just fun,” she said.