GREENVILLE – What started as an interest in searching her family history has led Cassy O’Brien to opening a very unique antiques store in downtown Greenville.
Lady O’Brien’s Inc., which officially opened April 6 at 132 E. Third St., offers a variety of furniture and accessories – with most pieces coming from the land of O’Brien’s ancestry – Ireland.
O’Brien says she became interested in family history following a family tragedy.
Beginning her search online, O’Brien said she’s connected 5,600 of the O’Brien clan together.
One “cousin,” now considered a “father” to O’Brien, is Mark O’Brien, who travels Europe, purchasing antiques mainly from estate sales.
After going through her family tragedy, O’Brien said Mark O’Brien suggested she open up a shop to sell some of the unique pieces he has collected.
Originally from Michigan, O’Brien and her fiancé moved to Greenville last October.
She decided to set up shop and began receiving her inventory from Mark O’Brien – which he ships by sea.
Many of the historical facts are sent along with the pieces, O’Brien said. Information also is being collected by a Preble County historian.
Some of the more interesting pieces, dating to 19th Century and earlier Ireland as well as the rest of Europe, include a small box gifted by Queen Victoria, blanket and clothing chests, writing desks. Grandfather clocks, throne chairs and decorative pieces such as vases – all with a rich history.
O’Brien’s social media sites shares the history – and prices – for most of her inventory.
She said she’s also looking for Annie Oakley items to sell at Lady O’Brien’s.
Another unique aspect of O’Brien’s business is that she’s going to use a portion of her proceeds from each piece – some priced in the several thousand dollar range – to help support those in need in the Darke County area.
O’Brien said she also is looking forward to working with Main Street Greenville and their projects.
Lady O’Brien’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit Lady O’Brien’s Facebook page or website, www.ladyobriens.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cassy O’Brien has opened a unique antique shop in Greenville. (Susan Hartley photo)