You’re never sure what you’re going to find at a new vintage store that opened earlier this month in Peru.But that’s kind of the point, and that’s why the store is called Finders Keepers on Broadway, said owner Stan Barnal.“We try not to have run-of-the-mill stuff, but unique, off-the-beaten-path items,” he said.If that’s his goal, he achieved it.Every shelf and wall at the store located at 71 N. Broadway has something different. One corner has piles of vintage Beatles records and memorabilia. Another corner displays an autographed Nolan Ryan baseball, sports pennants and other autographed items by sports legends.Then there’s a wall filled with handmade Native American jewelry. Randomly dispersed on shelves are things like fine china bowls, vintage pocket watches, croquet sets, abstract paintings and old top hats.The store was the brainchild of Barnal and his wife, Rena True, who met out in Colorado. That’s where Barnal was born and raised. True is originally from Kokomo.The two owned an antique store in Colorado, but True said they decided to move to Peru earlier this year to be closer to family. “It was time to come home,” she said. “Plus, we were burnt out from the store in Colorado. It was so busy.”Since they opened Finders Keepers on Aug. 1, True said there’s been a good response from the community about the new vintage store. “We’ve had a good showing every day with a lot of people coming in to check us out,” she said. “There’s been a strong trend in the last few years of buying used things and repurposing them. There seems to be a lot of young people now who are interested in vintage stuff.”Barnal said there’s also been a lot of interest in the Native American necklaces they sell. He said they’re made by his father, who lives in New Mexico and is a member of the Navajo and Apache tribes.He makes the necklaces from beads he buys from other Native Americans and ships them to Peru.“It’s kind of funny,” True said. “People love stuff from the Midwest in Colorado and New Mexico and Arizona. Here, people love the Western stuff.”Barnal said he also makes custom jewelry, and wants to focus more on making and selling his pieces at the store in the future. He said he’s made jewelry since he was 10 years old.True said they’re working to establish the store in the community, and said so far it’s gone pretty well. “It’s been picking up more and more as we get our name out there,” she said.Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finders Keepers specializes in off-the-beaten-path items.
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