JB Knacker is a vintage home store located in Gilbert, Iowa. The brick and mortar shop was conceived in November of 2005 after 4 years as a successful occasional sale that was run from a working barn. Now housed in a 130 yr old, 1800 sq ft Main Street storefront, the business has grown and thrived through tough economic times.
Owner Brenda Schwager has been scrounging around for fun vintage items since college...maybe even longer. But the notion to actually sprout a business from the good old stuff didn't surface 'til after college, marriage and 3 kids.
Just finishing up 9 years in business at this location has found JB Knacker loaded with the best vintage wares around...antique and painted furniture, architectural salvage, tarnished silver, chandeliers, funky glass ware, ephemera, retro and mid century pieces... all at really fair, some might say "good" prices! Recently referred to as filled with a wonderful mix of industrial and soulful French Victorian (thanks Barb from Simply Iowa), the shop is light and bright, and it's soulful mix of "leather and lace" appeals to many styles.
In this time period, Brenda's family has also grown from 3 to 6 kids and she credits her husband with this and for helping grow JB Knacker! "It's a busy crazy fun time in our lives right now...and I wouldn't trade it for anything."