Hello! My name is Betsy Crist and my mom and partner Carlene opened Old World New Home in November of 2009.
What can be said, other than that it runs in the family! My mom grew up in an old massive lodge building filled with antiques that her father, my grandpa, the late Carl Nickell collected over 40 years. Frequenting auctions, Grandpa bought and loved thousands of pieces, some of which he would occasionally part with…most of which he would just hoard and appreciate. Our family was literally surrounded by antiques. When he passed in 2003, it took five auctions to sell his property, and people came from all over the country. Mom once said that she never really appreciated or understood what her father was doing all those years until she began to sell items herself on EBay a while back.
Ebay led to renting a booth within a friends shop in Washington Court House, Ohio, Memories Gate. About this time, I was graduating from OSU with a degree in Biology and planning on pursuing my nursing degree when….as my mom always says, I was “bit by the bug!” After wanting my college apartments to be cute and having no money, I was forced to find old pieces and make them new again and I fell in love! Shortly after graduation, mom and I decided to set up at the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market Extravaganza.
We spent the summer of 2009, finding amazing old pieces with tons of character that needed a little love….there is nothing some paint and new fabric can’t do! During this time we had discussed someday opening a shop, but after the amazing responses we received at the flea market from our customers we began to look for retail space in Columbus. Less than 2 months after the flea market, we signed a lease at our first retail space in The Short North Arts District. It was a cramped and cozy 800 sqft! At the end of that lease, we wanted more space but didn’t want to leave the area…we lucked out in finding our current 1600 sqft space in the heart of The Short North.
I now have a 2 year old daughter who has grown up in the shop and will most likely have a paint brush in her hand in no time! It is truly a family owned business and I couldn’t be more lucky to wake up everyday and get to work next to my mom and business partner! Stop by and see us in the shop or at the Springfield Flea Markets, where we still set up in May and September!