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White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques in Centerville, Indiana Stained Glass Doorway

White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques in Centerville, Indiana Stained Glass Doorway

We took our time in Centerville. The downtown is small yet charming. After we left the bed and breakfast, we thought we would see what other trouble we could get into.

First, we passed by a couple of local children selling lemonade. That was a great idea for such a hot day. Then, we continued on our way. That’s when we saw it: White River Architectural Salvage. This long-time shop displays the most amazing vintage pieces to perk up or complete your home.

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White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques in Centerville, Indiana Exterior

White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques in Centerville, Indiana Exterior

The shop owner, Debbie Keys, is a genius. Handing a noisy toy to our boys as we entered ensured that we could always hear where they were so they couldn’t ever wander away. What a simple, low-cost way to help parents browse while easily keeping tabs on their kids! Our boys, of course, loved the idea.

We had a great feeling about the place before we had hardly stepped inside. The small noisy toy made it even better. We were astounded by the items for sale here.

The four of us couldn’t believe some of the things we saw inside the Wayne County antique shop: massive fireplace mantles that loomed above us, some had a taller opening than my husband. There were incredible stained glass doors set inside of lovely vintage wood doors. Gorgeous light fixtures hung everywhere in my favorite section of the shop. Amazing long tables that would fit a crowd made my wishlist.

So many nooks inside this sprawling building made it seem like a treasure hunt! Every time we thought we were nearing the end of the building it seemed as though there was another doorway to go through or another corner to turn and enter. There were so many things.

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White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques in Centerville, Indiana Vintage Fan

White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques in Centerville, Indiana Vintage Fan

It was absolutely amazing just poking around inside of White River Architectural Salvage–and made me wish I could buy one of everything. I’ve never seen some of these things before. So many items would look perfect in our 1901 Victorian home. My husband agreed. Those fireplace mantels are really something.

As part of the Indiana antique trail, there’s plenty of browsing options to keep you busy, but there’s nothing quite like this fabulous downtown shop. This shop has made it onto the first loop of the trail. It begins in wonderful Richmond, then heads along the Old National Road, also known as US 40, before reaching Centerville.

From there, you will hit numerous small towns (most of which have already made an appearance here on Little Indiana–look until the cities and towns tab in the header menu above. I’ll link a few here but the rest can be found in the menu). These destinations include Pershing and East Germantown, Cambridge City and Dublin, Lewisville, Dunreith, Knightstown, and then some. It will keep you busy. There are thirty-five antique shops on this segment of the trail alone!

Make sure that White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques makes it on your Indiana travel itinerary. You will love it.

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

Just don’t forget to tell them that Little Indiana sent you.

White River Architectural Salvage and Antiques
104 W Main Street
Centerville, IN 47330
765.855.1908
HOURS:
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM
As always, please CALL AHEAD to verify shop hours.

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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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