DELPHOS — Tucked on Main Street in Delphos is Black Swamp Antiques and Coins, Currency and Collectibles.
Though it appears to be a just storefront, the historic building at 238 N. Main St. is capacious, and even used to house the Capital Theater.
What’s inside, and the amount of items to look at and buy, is a “very well-kept secret,” said store owner Bruce Maag, even from Delphos natives.
Maag loves history, and it’s evident in the items the store carries. It’s been in existence since he started it 35 years ago, but he added the antique selection in 2010 when the store moved into its current location.
“I love antiques, my mother loved antiques and we had a lot of space to fill,” Maag said. “We just love picking.”
Maag takes an annual pilgrimage to northern Michigan each year to find items to sell in the store and also frequents garage sales and auctions. People also walk in to sell items to the store or do consignment, he said.
Black Swamp Antiques is not like a flea market or a thrift store, the items are high end, well-kept and the store is clean, Maag said.
“It’s a very unique and large store. … We have much better quality items than the typical antique store,” he said. “We’re the largest coin store and antique mall in Northwest Ohio.”
The space measures 18,000 square feet and has three floors of antiques.
“We have items they can’t find anywhere else,” Maag said. “We have a lot of unique, one-of-a-kind items.”
The store also carries a lot of costume jewelry, and the retro pieces are popular right now, said Laurie Arnold, manager of the store.
“We don’t have what you typically see in a jewelry store,” Maag said.
The store does a lot of online sales, and three of its five employees do Internet sales at the company, Maag said.
In addition, the store appraises coins, finds coins for people, appraises estates, sells, buys and trades.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. It’s open on Sunday if Maag is around, he said.