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A genteel retirement in Prophetstown

Couple opens Victorian Grace antiques and florals

PROPHETSTOWN – When Les and Ann Wilson were talking about what they were going to do when they retired, they focused on what they love: buying antiques at auctions, estate sales and garage sales, gardening, and sitting on their front porch.

So they bought the house next door, landscaped the yard and filled the house with antiques to sell. 

When the store is open, they can work in the gardens or sit on the porch and be on hand to greet anyone who stops by.  

They opened Victorian Grace Antiques and Accents on June 5, and, so far, business has exceeded their expectations. They are already talking about expanding, turning the backyard barn into a showroom for “primitives,” and creating more room inside the house for other displays.

Les has turned his hobby of refinishing furniture into a new job, stripping, sanding and varnishing the days away. He loves to see a beautiful piece brought back to life as he scrapes away layers of old finish, dirt and wax, revealing the natural wood underneath.

The demand for furniture has been so great, in fact, that the Wilsons are planning to buy a trailer to haul it all.

The floral accents they sell are made by Ann’s sister, Lynn Collins, from Picket Fence in Lanark.

Stop on by

Victorian Grace Antiques and Accents is at 215 E. Third St. in Prophetstown, across the street from the Congregational Church.  

It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, although if they are home, they're happy to unlock the door anytime. Call them at 815-499-5788. 

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