Find unusual mix of items, classes at Old Time Finds and More
Getting through the pandemic has been unimaginably hard at Old Time Finds and More, an eclectic vendor-based store in High Ridge that features antiques and collectibles, handmade items, food and workshops.
But perseverance and adaptability have made the store not only a growing enterprise but a safe haven for a family that has been through a lot.
Eric Bausworth and his wife, Michelle, 45, completed their purchase of the six-year-old business (at 2807 Barbara Drive, behind the High Ridge Post Office) on Feb. 1, right before COVID-19 hit.
Meanwhile, Bausworth family members were facing a tragic health crisis of their own. Non-smoker Michelle, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in September 2019, died March 1.
Eric, 44, said Michelle believed she would help carry out their dream. Although that was not to be, Eric said the business is proving therapeutic for him and his two children, ages 12 and 15.
Paula Bausworth, Eric’s mother, worked in the former operation (Kim’s Unique Antiques) and manages Old Time Finds and More, which has two storefronts within walking distance, for a combined 6,500 square feet.
Eric, who works full time in security, is on-site weekends and some afternoons.
“I have always liked repurposing things,” Eric said. “My biggest goal is that I didn’t want a basic antique store.”
To that end, the family used the six weeks of COVID-necessitated closure to remodel. While the store’s 65 vendors remain key, the space also includes a workshop for classes and a section for non-perishable foods.
The store is a browser’s delight, with merchandise like record players from the 1940s and vintage signs, along with handmade items. COVID precautions are in place to protect customers, vendors and staff.