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Aces of Trades – Liberty Barn Antiques

ALEXANDRIA – Pat Bishop has basically known three phases in her business life. For starters, she was (and is) an exceptional painter, and she loves teaching people how to paint. She did that for 20 years.


“I can teach somebody that never picked up a paintbrush in their life,” she said. “I taught more than 350 people in this Licking County area.”

“People tell me I should get back to doing that,” she quipped.

She then spent the next 13 years in Westerville at her store called American Country Furnishings Accessories.

“I was open 7 days a week and my husband was tired of me driving back and forth every day,” she recalled. “So one day I just said, ‘Hey, what would you say if I started an antique business and do it in the barn?’ He started cleaning out the barn that day.”

Liberty Barn Antiques was born – her third and current phase. “That’s how it developed,” she said. “It’s been 13 years.”

Pat Bishop, now “older than I want to be,” grew up in the Alexandria area and graduated from Northridge High School. She didn’t really discover antiques until she was in her 30s.

“My mother didn’t have any and couldn’t afford them so I was never around them until I got around my mother-in-law,” she said. “She had a house full of antiques. She used to go to sales and she inherited a lot of antiques. So being around them a lot, I just kind of developed an appreciation for them.”

It’s the hunt that most interests Bishop. She’s been known to search for primitives and antiques in places like Delaware and Pennsylvania, but she finds most of her treasures in Ohio. “There’s a nice selection in Ohio, there really is,” she said. “But you don’t find primitives as much as you do other antiques.”

Primitives, she described, “are usually older and handmade, anywhere from the 1800s back into the 1700s. And there are some in the 1600s if you can find them.” By comparison, she added, “Vintage, in my estimation, is from the 1940s.”

In any case, Bishop said, “You will not find glassware and things from the 1940s or 50s [in Liberty Barn Antiques.] There’s nothing like that in there.”

“I would say it’s furniture, very aged wood items,” she continued, as to what is there. “And I have a lot of crockery. I love crocks. And I like quilts. I like small kitchen items. So it’s more living room items or kitchen items.”

“She does have excellent taste,” said her longtime friend Linda Rebtoy of Reynoldsburg, “She has such a good eye for the things she picks and the way she displays them. She’s a little bit out of the way but it’s always just so clean and tidy and a really nice place to go to.”

“I don’t live in the middle of a city,” Bishop responded. “I live on a country road.”

“But I’m doing it because I enjoy it,” she concluded. “I didn’t want this to be a job. I wanted to enjoy and share that love for primitives and antiques with people that have the same passion I do.”

Aces of Trades is a weekly series focusing on people and their jobs – whether they’re unusual jobs, fun jobs or people who take ordinary jobs and make them extraordinary. If you have a suggestion for a future profile, let us know at advocate@newarkadvocate.com or 740-328-8821.

For showings

Liberty Barn Antiques is located at 4817 Northridge Road in Alexandria. There are no regular business hours so for showings and more information, call 740-924-2014.

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