Waldon Woods Antiques
~ A History ~
As a youngster growing up in Peoria, IL, Lee Waldon walked to school every day. His route took him past the local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores where he became intrigued by the antique clocks on display in their windows. At around age 14, after setting aside and saving up some of his lunch money, he bought his first clock. Later he inherited several more from relatives and as funds were available he bought a few more.
Upon graduating from high school he and his growing clock collection moved to Minneapolis, MN in search of a job. There he met and married Marian and they moved to the Buffalo, MN area where he joined the National Watch and Clock Association. At this time he also began selling some of their extra clocks from an 11’ X 7’ pump house located on their property.
One day while reading one of the NAWCC publications he saw an ad for clocks and furniture purchased directly from a dealer in England. He inquired and soon received a packet of photos and a thick book detailing the process of purchasing container shipments of furniture from England.
The furniture looked interesting to them and in a leap of faith they sent a check to a person they had never met to cover the cost of a 40-foot container of antiques to be shipped directly from England. Upon the container’s arrival, and with the help of neighbors and friends, they eagerly unpacked. They filled the pump house quickly and then started filling their home. Next they put a sign out on Highway 55 announcing an “Antiques Sale”. In one weekend they sold almost 75% of that initial container.
That container turned out to be the first of over 73 containers purchased from England over the years!
After expanding the pump house and building a garage to expand the business, they realized that, if they were to continue operating they would need a more substantial commercial building, and so for eight months they rented the old B. L. Haslinger Hardware building located in Rockford, MN.
And then a “golden opportunity” presented itself! A piece of property, located on Highway 55 three miles from Buffalo was offered for sale. They purchased it and built the first part of what would soon become Waldon Woods Antiques. Over the last 43 years they have expanded six times and also added a complete workshop for the repair and restoration of antiques. To date they are the only Antiques Shop in Minnesota operating an in-house workshop.
Waldon Woods Antiques carries an extensive stock of leaded and stained glass windows, a large variety of quality furniture, many smalls and collectibles, and currently the largest inventory in the midwest of antique nautical items from old ships and boats. Over the years Lee has refurbished or reconstructed over 37 bars and pubs they've acquired directly from England and he has custom designed and built many more, including two (a 1951 and a 1954) custom Chris Craft boat transom bars.
At least twice each year Lee and Marian travel to the East Coast, visiting the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania area to replenish their inventory. The merchandise at Waldon Woods Antiques is “fresh” and has not been sourced from other shops, garage or junk sales or flea markets in the area.
This is Waldon Woods Antiques 43rd year in business and over that time period they have won the trust of many long-term and repeat clients for whom they have handled both the purchase and sale of fine art and antiques. Both through their shop and through eastern fine art dealers they have handled a great variety of paintings, quite a few from internationally known artists.
WALDON WOODS ANTIQUES
Open 7 Days a Week (except major holidays)
2612 State Highway 55 SE
Buffalo, MN 55313
(Located 1 mile east of Buffalo, MN on Highway 55, or
23 miles west of the junction of I-494 and Highway 55 in Plymouth, MN)