Boxcar Treasures, Antiques/Crafts/Collectibles, has opened its third store in the former Kalona Antique building at location, 211 4th Street, Kalona. You can also find Boxcar Treasures in Washington and Ainsworth.
Owners Carol Riggan of Riverside and Jodie Schimke of Ainsworth said they are excited about becoming a member of the Kalona business community and feel they bring some enthusiasm to the city.
“Kalona is a good business community where businesses help each other,” said Carol.
“We especially want to thank Brenda Herington for being so accommodating in helping to get us started and introduced in the community,” Jodie said. “ I appreciates the great foundation for the antique businesses in Kalona that Brenda established. She is good for the community.”
Brenda Herington has moved her inventory to Woodin Wheel Antiques and Quilts, 515 B Avenue, and to her husband, Ken’s, business, Country Collectibles, 110 4th Street in Kalona.
As you walk into the front door of Boxcar Treasures you will definitely notice some changes, but you will still view a lot of antiques plus crafts and collectibles. The new owners are doings some renovations and are exploring ways to making the store handicapped accessible. This includes putting in a restroom on the first floor.
“We have 360 vendors and consigners from as far away as Colorado and Florida,” said Carol, founder of Boxcar Treasures. “If we don’t have what you are looking for, we can probably find it among our network of vendors and consigners.”
“We are very passionate about what we do,” Carol stated
Carol opened the first store on the north side of the railroad tracks at 307 E. 5th Street, Washington, in December of 2016. Jodie Schimke became a business partner in 2017 which led to the opening of the second store in Ainsworth (original site of 4-Corners Restaurant) on June 1, 2017.
“In the Fall of 2017, we opened our third store in Bonaparte and closed that store in May of 2019,” Carol related, “When the opportunity came available to have a store in Kalona we felt it was a positive move forward to close Bonaparte due to the area being so seasonal.”
The Washington Boxcar store has 5,000 sq. ft. of display area, Ainsworth has 1,800 sq. ft., and the new Kalona Store has 3,900 sq. ft.
All three stores have the same hours: Monday, closed; Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 pm.; Fridays, 9 m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m.
Known as the Iowa Pickett’s, Carol and Jodie enjoy digging through trash and treasures while assisting acquaintances who are downsizing or dealing with an estate.
“We specialize in guiding customers down the right track, whether buying or selling,” they noted.
Carol and Jodie strive to give their vendors and customers a positive atmosphere. They work at keeping their “boxcars” filled with treasures, maintained, kept looking fresh, clean and neat.
“Our goal is to have ‘boxcars’ in other communities throughout Iowa,” Carol said. She related that the name ‘Boxcar’ was suggestion by a nursing friend at the UI Sports Medicine Dept., where she used to work. Her first store was located just north of the railroad rtacks in Washington.
Boxcar Treasures is a part of the Iowa Antique Network.