Past Tymes Antiques

February 1, 2016 in Editorials

If you take a beautiful home built in 1900 located just across from the historic Loudon County Courthouse on the historic Loudon Square, what could make it even more perfect? Fill it with the antiques that complement it’s endurance and beauty, and that’s just what Susan and Wayne Flynn have done. This historic Colonial Revival house is now home to Past Tymes Antiques. Nothing could be more complementary than beautiful primitives and period selections filling the rooms of this stately mansion at 306 Wharf Street on the square in Loudon.


Susan and Wayne Flynn’s dream was to one day find that perfect historic house, recreate an environment of home with their favorite “formal country” antiques and accessories, and make their favorite finds available to their past and future customers. When they found the house at 306 Wharf Street was on the market, they were attracted to the quaintness and charm of the outside and had to see the inside. It was love at first sight. The charm and unique character of the rooms and lovely stairway was calling their name. They purchased the house and began to fill it with their favorite period selections of furniture, and soon it was feeling like home. They opened for business in late fall of 2015 on Thursday through Saturday.

After Wayne Flynn’s recent retirement, they are now open Tuesday through Saturday.
  Susan and Wayne love period pieces of furniture and have several dated from the late 1700s. They have selections of beds, chests and desks dated back to late 1800s as well, all waiting for you to take home and also love. Susan enjoys hand-stitched quilts with unique patterns, linens with hand embroidery, and crocheted lace. She has an eye for these, and many other beautiful accessories. When you visit, you’ll want to go home and start a room at a time and fill it with these beautiful antiques and primitives and country selections, some from the Federal and Colonial period. Susan likes to call their selections formal country, which is very fitting. They seek and find these original pieces from all over the South and Southeast. They travel to Charleston, S.C., and other southern towns, visiting estate and historic home sales to buy many of them.

Wayne likes military memorabilia from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. He looks for silver and pewter pieces, old flags, and writing desks, especially laptop or tabletop desks. He loves to find the old boxes and other primitive wood items that are still very useable. Susan looks for early children’s items, from christening gowns to antique dolls, carriages, cradles, shoes, and even children’s fine china tea sets.

They have some beautiful corner cupboards with lots of period china and white pottery, and numerous silver serving pieces in well loved period patterns. You’ll find lamps and hard-to-find tables that are great for filling those empty nooks. They have hand-carved dough bowls, baskets and many other items, and that’s why you must put Past  Tymes Antiques on your next excursion list. The Flynns have been loving and enjoying antiques for many years, and have had shops for over 20 years. Be sure to also visit their shop called GateHouse Antique Market located at 620 N. Campbell Station Rd in Knoxville, Tenn.

By Maxine B Jones, Ocoee, Tennessee

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