American Country- Turlock, California

by admins on December 30, 2009

American Country

120 W. Main Street
Turlock, CA 95380

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10-5
Phone:(209) 668-1888


Lori Barnard- Owner/Proprietor

Lori had an opportunity to start her own business, a dream that Lori and her Mother shared. Lori started the business in October of 2006 after the death of her beloved mother, Loraine, who also shared a passion for Antiques and Primitive Decor.

Lori grew up with Country Décor, as her Mother was an Antique collector for over 30 years.  Lori’s mother’s home was featured in two Country Magazines. Lori and her Mother would travel to the East Coast in search of Antiques. Loraine had a talent for Interior Decorating and Lori feels that she has inherited this gift.

Lori and her mother shared a love of antiques and country decor as well as a dream to one day opens a country shop.  Lori proudly stated, “All that I am, I owe to my mother”.  American Country has been open for 3 years.  American Country carries one-of-a-kind and unique American made items, antiques and great American made reproductions.  Lori has a passion for primitive painted furniture and has a wide variety of American reproduction furniture in her shop, American Country.  She takes great pride in supporting American craftspeople and in selling their wares in her shop. 

Lori also has a love for handcrafted, American made pottery and redware, which can be found at American Country.  While in American Country, you will find decorating inspiration at every corner as Lori creates imaginative and warm vignettes in her shop that assists customers with decorating their own homes.

Lori believes that developing a close and personal relationship with her customers along with a love for primitives is key to having a successful business.  Lori’s love and appreciation for American Country antiques and reproductions is found throughout her warm and wonderful shop.  Lori notes that she loves everything she buys as her love for her goods will undoubtedly be conveyed to her customers, which in turn, help sell products.

Lori believes that in order to weather this difficult economy, shop owners must advertise carefully and cut back on holiday items.  Advertisements she believes are well placed are with Early American Life and Country Sampler magazines because each issue specifically targets Lori’s customer base; those that love country furnishings and antiques.

When asked how she finds artisans and craftspeople to carry in her shop, Lori attends wholesale market shows, such as the Market Square shows, the Gallery of American Craftsmen, scours through magazines, websites and, perhaps most importantly, gains inspiration from talking with others who share her passion for primitives and hand-mades.  Lori also suscribes to Country Business Magazine, where she finds interesting articles and new vendors, on occasion.

It appears that American Made products are strong sellers at American Country.  Lori attributes the success of hand-mades in America to the customers’ desire to connect with and directly support American craftspeople and artisans.

American Country: Featuring a Collection of Primitive Country Decor for your home. Antique and Reproduction Furniture, Primitive Lighting, Upholstered Furniture, Baskets, Tinware, Vintage Candles, Rosehip Wreaths, Rugs, Redware, American Folk Art, Samplers, Vintage Signs, Quilts, Dolls, Pottery, Homespun Fabric, and Old Village Reproduction Paint Colours. Our inventory is always changing, stop by our location in Historic Downtown Turlock to take a look.


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