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Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

has one of the most interesting antique shops I’ve ever been in–Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana is one of the most interesting antique shops I’ve ever been in!

Wall to wall and floor to ceiling, my husband, Jeremy, and I were constantly oohing and aahing at all the fantastic and unique things inside this Elkhart County antique shop.

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

The building itself is awesome. Right away the owner pointed down the length of his shop at two indentations way down the line in the original hardwood flooring. Those are from years ago when a cash register and sales clerk stood for hours–in the days when Yoder Brothers Mercantile was a department store!

Pretty neat, right? It only gets better.

He told us about the hand-operated freight elevator in the back of the shop, the last one left in this tiny Indiana town. While it’s not something you would want to use, we got to take a peek inside. I bet if you ask nicely, he’d let you look, too.

Wakarusa, Indiana Antique Shop

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

There are two huge sides to Yoder Brothers Mercantile. You’ll be totally shocked to see another building in the back as well. Well, you would have been if I hadn’t of told you!

Since we were there on the most beautiful Summer day ever–the door was open revealing a green-space in the back. The amazing brick building made a fantastic backdrop for the bits of ivy and little pond.

Get a load of the outside of the building there. It is awesome. Is there anything this Indiana antique shop doesn’t have?

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Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

Yoder Brothers Mercantile in Wakarusa, Indiana

I still have to tell you what was in the basement. The long, dark basement.

You’ll want to come back for that–for sure! It’s a rather creepy look at  bit of Indiana history.

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Yoder Brothers Mercantile/Wakarusa Tribune
114 S. Elkhart Street
Wakarusa, Indiana
574.862.2179

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner, Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS and Publisher of the little Indiana Quarterly magazine. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 7 and 3) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

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