After years of traveling and shopping throughout the world, Lindsay Huffman-Dilks and her family have settled in Tiffin, and offer a collection of "antiques and interesting pieces for the home" with the opening of Anya's Antiques and Oddities.
Huffman-Dilks, owner/operator of Anya's, 127 S. Washington St., said preparations to open the store have been under way for about six months, and those efforts were revealed at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning. Anya's, she said, is a store with a boutique feel and an eclectic look, which offers decorative items and antiques from all over the world.
Huffman-Dilks said the collection at Anya's is a combination of pieces purchased during her family's extensive travel and items found through vendors with whom she works.
The idea to open Anya's, she said, began after she, her husband and daughter, Anya, moved to Tiffin, and realized they had too much to store.
She said when her husband jokingly suggested they had enough collectibles to open a store, she decided to take him seriously, and plans for Anya's Antiques and Oddities "took off from there."
Huffman-Dilks said she and her husband are retired from the military, and their careers required them to live and travel in 55 countries. The items they collected along the way give Anya's Antiques and Oddities a variety of choices for customers, she said.
Huffman-Dilks said in addition to featuring items from her family's collection, she also works with a handful of vendors to find pieces that fit Anya's eclectic theme, including sellers from Scandinavia, Italy and India.
"Prices range from $5 to $5000," she said, to appeal to a wide range of shoppers.
Some notable items for sale at Anya's, Huffman-Dilks said, are an antique table appraised to be from the 1600s, a gong that appeared in the movie "The King and I," and a parchment featuring the family crest of George Washington. She said she hopes to have the parchment dated, possibly by someone at Heidelberg University.
Another feature of the shop will be a soon-to-be-adopted rescue dog, who she said will be "hanging out in the shop."
Huffman-Dilks said regular hours haven't been set yet, but the store should be open for business Monday and will definitely be open during the Heritage Festival next weekend.
She said working with the city in planning the opening of Anya's has been a smooth process, and "the city has been fantastic."