Fellow collectors and dealers kept telling me that I needed to check out the Brickerville Antiques Barn in Lititz to see the positive changes that are taking place.
I looked it up on Facebook and discovered that it’s at 2 E. 28th Division Highway, at Routes 322 and 501, behind the Brickerville House Restaurant in Lancaster County.
So on a recent Saturday, my husband, Rob, and our niece, Beth Hafer, who was visiting from Michigan, where she grew up, and Hungary, where she now lives most of the time, set out to see what all the buzz is about.
The antique mall covers both floors of a barn originally built in 1857. It was taken down nearby in the late 1970s and rebuilt and restored at its current location.
Despite a heat index of more than 100 degrees, the air-conditioned barn was comfortable.
The owner, Penny Knight, greeted us cheerfully as we entered. She said the barn had been an antique co-op for more than 13 years before she took over the business in February 2018.