Lindowen’s American Country

by admins on December 31, 2009

We are: Lindowen’s American Country

Linda Heard and my husband Owen Wittek

Kinderhook, New York 12106-0720


I have been in the “American Country Antique Business” for over 40 years~~always dealing in 1800’s original pieces in their original paint. We have done shows all over the East Coast and had stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida and New York, where we are located now. We specialize in original antiques and have wonderful, one of a kind accessories “made in America”~made just for us. The folk artists we have, have been with us for many years~~~and always make for us the perfect items to fit in with our antiques.


We have wonderful customers~~we all love the same things and we all become special friends. Having a small country store creates a cozy atmosphere where we all can enjoy each other’s company. Our wares are set up to give a customer an idea of how to do it in their homes.


We buy only what we would have in our own home~~quality antiques, all original, and special hand-mades that are only made in the USA!!!


We have been lucky that the economy hasn’t hurt us~~antiques are an investment as well as our hand mades. People invest in quality.


We do advertise some~~~in Early American Life magazine, Mercantile Gatherings magazine~~~our Picturetrail web site is a great showcase for us(

The best advertising is word of mouth~~~when you are loyal to your customers, artists and friends~~they are your advertising.


We live in the historic village of Kinderhook, New York~~~our shop is located on the street level of an 1830’s building and we live above the store!!! The atmosphere is “EARLY” and that is also what we sell!!

Our style is 1800 country primitive~ in the store and upstairs at home. I have a degree in interior design and have decorated this way both for ourselves and customers homes, restaurants and stores. It is most important to love what you do and what you buy~~your customers feel it immediately!!


Our American handmade candles, dolls and folk art sell out all the time. NO imports for us!! We only want special items that are not seen in other shops. We search far and wide for our goods. We also have our own wool yardage that was woven for us~~~copying early antique pieces of wool~~perfect for decorating in the primitive style. It is important to have wonderful old fashion smells going on in the store~~candles are always burning. Natural dried herbs, spices, gourds, garlands and wreaths add a special touch.


Our store is an extension of our home~~ we’d never buy anything we wouldn’t keep for ourselves.


We do have several open houses each year…coming soon is our Harvest Gathering in the fall and Christmas Gathering following in November. We look forward to participating at The Simple Goods show in Ohio in November~~just our style!!


Looking forward to your visit and welcome you to a simpler time of life!!!


Linda and Owen

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