The Litchfield Vintage Mall got its official start on Monday, June 4, after Ted and Janie Gausmann invested a lot of time and energy into the building that once served as a Masonic Lodge, built in 1924.
The two moved to the area from Virginia in 2013 because of Ted's career. Upon his retirement in January of this year, the two decided they wanted to start a business together. The rest is history.
The shop features vintage and antique items dating back to the 20th century and older. It also displays the work of local artisans and craftsmen and women. Such vendors come from Montgomery, Macoupin, St. Clair, Madison, Bond, Jersey and Franklin counties.
Although the shop already features 40 vendors, there will soon be space for 40 more, as the Gausmanns finish renovating the upstairs portion of the building. The project is slated to be finished this fall.
The mall will also join other merchants for a "Teachers' and Moms' Night Out" in Litchfield on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The event will feature several local businesses, including the Litchfield Vintage Mall. Each individual store will have its own special sales, events, door prizes, refreshments and/or live music.
Litchfield Vintage Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sundays, during which it is open from 12 to 4 p.m. The mall is also open during Pickers Market on the second Sunday of each month, during the summer, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While Ted enjoys seeing patrons come in who are interested in old vinyl records, Janie is most interested in cooking, baking and homemaking antiques.
"My favorite part is meeting all the different people, and hearing what people collect and learning from them about what excites them," she said. "As different as each person is from another is as different as what they're looking for. I feel like I learn about history and meet new people every day."
For more information, visit the Facebook or Instagram pages for Litchfield Vintage Mall, or call 217-324-5100.