Erlin Trader antiques and furniture store will close its doors

Jeanette Liebold Ricker

The Erlin Trader, a longtime Clyde company providing antiques, oak and Amish-built furnishings, in addition bits of this ‘n that, will quickly be closing. It is in the former Clyde Armory, a historic brick constructing built in 1912 for use by the Ohio National Guard, at the corner North Principal Road and Washington Avenue, a block south of McPherson Freeway.

“Times have adjusted,” said Valerie Durbin, who owns the retail outlet with her partner, Dan. “It truly is all distinct now,” she explained noting that most customers now desire painted household furniture. More than the a long time the Durbins relished attending auctions to supplement the store’s stock.

“We acquired anything we believed we could sell,” Dan said.

Valerie mentioned that most auctions now are on-line, which they do not do.

Valerie and Dan Durbin stand with granddaughter Annalisa Durbin in the Erlin Trader shop  in Clyde.

The Durbins purchased the small business in 1999 from her stepfather, Melvin Osmon, who opened the business enterprise in the early 1980s at a nearby area on McPherson Freeway.

Osmon tinkered with clocks, which was 1 of the very first items he offered for sale. A couple of many years later on he expanded his business and procured the Armory constructing on North Principal Road. From the beginning, the Erlin Trader was observed for its distinctive, eye-catching parts of items displayed outside the house.