Clinton County on the rise in antiques


Alma’s Attic owners Joni and Brad Palmer are working to ensure that Clinton Countians can stay right here and enjoy “antiquing.”

Alma’s Attic owners Joni and Brad Palmer are working to ensure that Clinton Countians can stay right here and enjoy “antiquing.”


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Alma’s Attic is Clinton County’s local destination for antiques, vintage items, gifts, and home décor.

The store opened in June of 2018 and recently celebrated their first year in business with the 1st Annual Alma’s Birthday Bash.

Owners Brad and Joni Palmer are Wilmington residents who see the growth potential of their local community. When asked why they chose to open an antique and gift store in Wilmington, Joni replied “It’s a classic case of one door closing and another opening. When corporate restructuring brought my retail management career of over 20 years to a close, Brad and I began to discuss which direction I should take for the future.

“We both have an interest in antiques, and for several years had rented booth space in antique stores as a hobby, so making that a full-time pursuit became a possibility. As we gravitated to that option, we began discussing locations, and it struck me that Clinton County had a shortage of antique stores. Many people prefer to dedicate an entire day when they go ‘antiquing’, so we felt that the lack of shops in the area was contributing to people traveling to Lebanon, Waynesville, Springfield and other locations instead of shopping locally.

“In the year that we’ve been open, at least two additional antique shops have opened in Wilmington, and I hope to see even more. I would love to see Wilmington become known as a destination location for antique shopping!”

For those who are not yet familiar with Alma’s Attic, this is a sampling of what you can expect to find: quality antique and vintage goods including furniture, lighting, advertising, glassware, wall art, books, clothing, toys, and much, much more as well as gifts and home décor with a primitive or country theme including lighting, quilts, throws, pillows, wreaths, wall décor, Crossroads Candles, Swan Creek Candles, Candles by Jackie, Yoder’s jams and jellies, Windy Acres candy, goat milk soaps and lotions, greeting cards, dish towels, rugs, curtains, and more!

Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

In addition to the wide variety of products offered at Alma’s Attic, during the second year of operation, there are plans to begin offering appraisal services. Joni Palmer is in the process of completing coursework with the Asheford Institute of Antiques to obtain appraiser certification.

To find out more about Alma’s Attic and stay informed about any announcements, sales, or events follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almasatticwilmington/ .

Alma’s Attic owners Joni and Brad Palmer are working to ensure that Clinton Countians can stay right here and enjoy “antiquing.”
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_BradJoni.jpgAlma’s Attic owners Joni and Brad Palmer are working to ensure that Clinton Countians can stay right here and enjoy “antiquing.” Courtesy photo