A dream realized

By Joyell Nevins

January 17, 2014


Record Herald Writer

TIPP CITY - When Dena Tiemeier’s family bought a victorian house in the historic South Park neighborhood of Dayton, she wanted to fill it with lots of antiques, which she and her father had a passion for collecting. Now she has a new store in Tipp City to fill called “Dena’s Attic.”

Tiemeier recalls attending auctions and garage sales with her dad and fixing furniture up for the historic house.

“I can remember as a little girl, whenever I would go into an older person’s home that had this kind of stuff in it, I was just absolutely mesmerized and fascinated with all of it,” Tiemeier said. “I’ve always liked it and always felt connected to it, so it’s just kind of been a lifelong (dream) to own a store. I don’t think I’ll ever give it up.”

After recently moving from Dayton to Tipp City, Tiemeier saw that dream become a reality when she opened Dena’s Attic. The 600-square-foot store is located at 5205 S. County Road 25A and includes a vast array of consignment furniture, antiques, home furnishings and paintings. Other items include old fashioned lamps, clocks, glassware, kitchenware, Christmas tree decorations, and a victrola record player from the year 1918.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Tiemeier about opening the shop. “I never thought I would be able to do it. It’s very exciting and of course I enjoy it, so it’s a way to kind of spread out my habit. I’m having a lot of fun with it.”

Although Dena’s Attic is not located downtown and is one of several antique stores in the Tipp City area, Tiemeier said she believes each of the stores differentiate from one another due to their own unique aspects. Furthermore, she hopes that area shoppers will expand their options and visit multiple shops in one area.

“I don’t look at that as competition,” said Tiemeier. “And as I’ve gone around and told people that I’ve started, you’re not really in competition with each other because everybody has something different, a little something unique, different, and you kind of feed off of each other.”

Dena’s Attic is open on Friday from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tiemeier, who is the only employee, works full time at a different job during the week. She plans to have a “spring opening” in April or May.

For more information, like “Dena’s Attic” on Facebook or call (937) 270-9744.