Vibrant Vintage at Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

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Vibrant Vintage at Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana is such a pretty shop. Just off the downtown, you can’t miss the bright-hued brick building. It is so cute. I love when people take something, that could have been very plain and humdrum, and kick it up a notch with a splash of bold color. It makes the whole block look fun. We were excited to pop inside and see what they had for sale.

Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

For starters, this Miami County shop carries a vibrant chalk paint line. So that means plenty of items are already merrily painted. They are one of only a couple of shops in the entire state to carry this chic paint brand.

As a licensed carrier of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, they’ve got a lot of gorgeously redone items. I mean, things that you would think would never be in style, are made over, and given a fabulous new life. Dressers, side tables, nightstands, desks, there’s a lot of stuff here. I love the way this shop is arranged. It is two stories of excellent vintage items. It is easy to get through the aisles so you can easily shop without fear of knocking something over.

But there’s more than pretty furniture here. Both floors of this shop carry really pretty shabby chic items. My favorite! It has a nice mix of items to complement just about any sort of home decor theme.

Peru, Indiana Antique Shop

Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

Peru Mercantile in Peru, Indiana

Upstairs you will find even more great things through which to browse, in roughly the same vein as what you will find downstairs. The whole shop has the same sort of feel. What great Indiana antiques.

Sparkling vintage glassware sits on a shelf near beautiful art prints. Antique toys, decor, and primitive items are tastefully arranged around the room.

It is hard not to run around and grab one of everything. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t buy a glass set I saw. Don’t you hate when you talk yourself out of something only to regret it later? I have such a thing for glassware. I guess I prefer useful items, things that I can use all the time.

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For amazing vintage finds and more, you have got to check out Peru Mercantile. We were surprised to learn that the owners also have another antique shop here in Peru. The sister store to Peru Mercantile, Farris Wheel Antiques and Collectibles, is not so terribly far away from the downtown. It proves that old expression true: it is definitely double the fun.

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Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus. I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is Little Indiana.

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Peru Mercantile
159 S Broadway
Peru, IN 46970
765.460.5146
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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

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