About Le’Stuff Antique Mall
Jeff & Sandie Nelson have been life long collectors and have always had a passion for antiques. It was always our Dream to one day have an Antique business when we retired – after moving around the country in the corporate world. John & Nancy Schuh, the original owners, started Le’Stuff Antique Mall in downtown Hillsboro in 1996.
We became dealers and Sandie started working for John & Nancy part time right away.
In the spring, John & Nancy approached us about buying the business and in June, we became the new owners. Jeff was still working for Eastman Kodak at the time and in the fall of that same year, he was able to take an early retirement after 20 years in the Health Sciences Division at Kodak. At that time, we were leasing the old JC Penny’s building at 230 E Main. We had over 8500 sq ft of dealer space and over 50 dealers.
In the spring we had the fortunate opportunity to purchase the building right next door. This building was not as large as the Penny’s building so we had to make some difficult decisions about which dealers we could keep and bring into our new space. We picked out those people that were dedicated and truly interested in being an antique & collectibles dealer. We narrowed down the dealers to about 20 of the very best and then begin planning out how to best create an Antique Mall that had the feel of the best we had experienced during our 20 years of traveling the US.
We’re very proud to say that there is now 3 generations of our Nelson Family working at Le’Stuff Antiques. Our son Jared has grown up in this business and has been to auction school. He spent nearly 10 years managing a local auction center. We’re thrilled to have him back working with us in the family business. Three of our granddaughters have grown up working with us – learning about not just our business, but the business world in general. We’re thrilled that two of these young ladies are currently working with us – Jenifer & Alexis – and that they along with their Dad will take over the business when Sandie & I are ready to step away.
We’re also proud to say that several of those first dealers that moved with us are still with us and we have become a family – all sharing the same interest – in providing quality antiques & collectibles at a reasonable price! We like to say – We’re Not A Museum and We Want Our Items to Find a New Good Home.
The rest is history and here we are 20 years later – truly still LIVING OUR DREAM!