Jill and Bill Dixon are the quintessential fun loving, friendly, knowledgeable and downright folksy owners of Parke County’s newest antique venue. The couple have been collecting antiques and vintage items since the early days of their marriage. Jill has been a lifelong Covered Bridge Festival crafter along with her mother, Millie Warnick, an early member of the Covered Bridge Art Gallery who was instrumental in bringing the Mansfield area into the festival fold.
Timeless ‘n Classic Antique Mall is located in the former Parke County landmark store of Overpeck’s. The Dixon’s fondly recall meeting with “Mrs. Overpeck” and hoped for the family’s blessing for the building’s continued operation. Jill smiles in remembrance of the meeting and comments they hope to keep the hometown feeling alive and well in the new operation. True to their nature the old Rockville High School senior pictures still line the upper walls. Bill comments that folks often come and look for their mother, father, or grandparents in the photographs.
Jill’s enthusiasm for collecting and displaying is infectious. Husband Bill is her sidekick and, as is true in many long marriages, the couple finish each other’s sentences with genuine affection and often a hardy laugh. It is evident the couple share a love and connection with things of the past.
Over 79 vendors display in the 22,000 square foot space. Each booth is filled with gems from the past. Tucked in beside a Fire King piece may be a child’s dress. The sweet surprises the vendors have arranged are part of the charm of Timeless ‘n Classic. There is plenty of high praise for the vendors who share the Dixon’s love of things past. Bill, in a rare serious moment says, “We really do have the best vendors.”
And even more is to come! The Dixon’s reported they just purchased the Rockville Sweet Shop and will be opening that space to more vendors. Bill hopes to have a woodworking shop in the back of that space. The basement has also been utilized for picking with implements and doodads to pick over at your leisure.
While reminiscing about her grandmother and childhood visits Jill recollects, “I loved to go to her house and help her bake. Well, Grandma had a jar she kept coconut in years ago and that was one of my jobs to go and fetch that jar. That smell always reminds me of Grandma. So one day when we were getting things ready here, wondering if we were crazy or not, I happened to pass a booth and something made me stop and open a jar. I swear the scent of coconut wafted up. That’s when I knew we were doing the right thing.”
Open, light and welcoming are the hallmarks of this friendly shop. Jill beams as visitors enter and welcomes them. She offers water and a rocking chair to shoppers and it is the feeling of coming home to a favored Aunt and Uncle that make the Timeless ‘n Classic Antique Mall special. We all have memories of country dinners, berry pickin’, or just rocking on the porch, this special spot is just that-a visit with a favorite friend or family member.
Be sure to notice the 16 foot checkout counter and glass fronted display cases-they hail from Waveland Hardware store. With their patina and rough edges of old wood, they hold stories themselves and it is as if they are whispering to you “welcome home” with just a hint of coconut in the air. C’mon in to Rockville, east side of the square, open daily 10-5, Sundays 12-5. The Dixon’s are truly down home folks with a love for things past and a sentimental streak.