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My Visit to Antique Candle Co.

You guys, I don’t even know where to start this post because I feel like I have so much to say about my visit last week to Antique Candle Co. Seriously, it was AMAZING. If you followed along over on IG stories you saw that I made the trip out to Indiana on Thursday and then Friday we had the opportunity to tour their entire shop, meet the team, and learn about how the candles are made. It was so inspiring and heart warming. And I’m sooooo happy I decided to break free from my homebody ways to make the trip happen. I took a ton of photos so I thought it would be fun to share them today!

If you’ve been following along for a while now you know my obsession with Antique Candle Co started about two years ago. That’s around the time I first shared their candles here on the blog and since then I’ve been hooked. It’s truly the most amazing company and I’m just honored to share their work with all of you. They are based in Lafayette, Indiana, where they have the CUTEST little shop. When we walked it I literally said, “it smells like heaven in here!” because it really does. It’s the best smelling place in all the land.

We started by meeting the entire candle team and learning a little about the history of the company. It was so great to hear about how this little business was started by the owner, Brittany, when she only had $200 in candle making supplies and a dream. She worked so hard to make her dreams come true and this sweet company has flourished because of it over these past few years. They now have 32 employees!

After introductions we got to see tour the shop and see how the candles are made. Each and every candle is carefully hand poured, wicked, and packaged. Every candle is basically passed from one person to another on the team until it’s packed up and shipped out to customers like you and me. It was really awesome to see the process and all that goes into making each candle. It’s definitely a labor of love! Anyway, after the tour we all had our own little work stations and I even got to pour my own candle!

The day ended with a group dinner, where we all enjoyed yummy food and good conversation. The best part was when two of the ACC team members stood up and made a speech about how this company has changed their life. Not only by providing them with full time jobs, but by giving them the opportunity to work in a job they truly love and enjoy. You guys, it was SO moving. Everyone was teary eyed by the end! And it was a good reminder of the huge impact you make on people’s lives when you support small shops.

I know many of you love Antique Candle Co as much as I do, so I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos of their shop and learning a bit more about how the candles are made. I loved meeting the sweet people that create these candles every day and I have to say–it feels really good to know who you’re supporting when you shop small. This entire company is just sweet as pie and I’m honored to share their work. Plus their candles are THE best, so it’s a pretty great combo. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this company!

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The Comments

  • Sharron Sonders
    March 29, 2019

    I love, love, love candles and my daughters have the same love. When will we see these candles in Ottawa, Canada?

    • Sarah
      > Sharron Sonders
      March 31, 2019

      I’m not sure Sharron, but I hope soon!

  • Suzi
    March 29, 2019

    Oh Sarah! What an awesome experience! I loved tagging along with you in your stories! It looked like so much fun! I hope you have the best weekend! ❤️ 😘

    • Sarah
      > Suzi
      March 31, 2019

      Thanks Suzi, it was such a blast! And so great to meet the people behind this sweet company. xo

    • Beth Knight
      > Suzi
      July 8, 2019

      How exciting !!!

  • Candy
    March 29, 2019

    Good Morning Sarah
    Thank you so much for sharing the company of the candles. I will buy some of these when I get to the US. Dying to smell them.
    The Drew Barrymore items are beautiful. I love The Settee in pink flowers.
    I really enjoy your blog, have a great weekend and may God bless you

    • Sarah
      > Candy
      March 31, 2019

      Ohhhh that settee with the flowers is gorgeous! I need to find a spot for that haha! 🙂

  • Belinda
    March 29, 2019

    Sweet young lady,

    I am 62. Not on social media. I do read your IG feed, and look forward to your blogs, 3 days a week. Diagnosed with blood cancer on November 6 (Election Day, no less, and still made it to the polls). And diagnosed with HSP (Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia) January 30. To say life has been tough is an understatement, but you lift me up in ways I can’t describe. Please don’t stop being you. Bringing me joy, being your beautiful self, inside and out. (You are beautiful, Sarah🤗) and just posting all the things I love, farmhouse and otherwise. Blessings to you and yours 😊❤️ Please don’t stop doing what you’re doing. I honestly mean that.

    • Sarah
      > Belinda
      March 31, 2019

      Oh Belinda, I wish I could give you a big ol’ hug right now. You are so kind! Thank you for the encouragement, but I have to say I am so inspired by you. I’m sorry it’s been a rough road lately, but I pray you hang in there and stay strong. I’m cheering you on!! xoxo

  • Shelia P.
    March 29, 2019

    Hi Sarah! How exciting to get to see where your favorite candles are made! I’m so glad you broke out of your comfort zone and made the trip. I’m a homebody too and I know how tough it can be to get out there and try new things. But that’s how you grow! You just keep being You and taking those baby steps. You’re an inspiration to more people than I think you realize. I’ll definitely have to give those candles a try. I love supporting small business. It’s what makes this great country tick! Love your blog! Have a great weekend! 😊

    • Sarah
      > Shelia P.
      March 31, 2019

      Thank you Shelia, you are so sweet! I’m so glad I got out of my comfort zone and went too. It was so fun! And I agree with you–small businesses are what make this country what it is!

  • Melissa Filson
    March 30, 2019

    These are the most amazing candles! I love every one I’ve tried but I am obsessed with Country Pear! 🍐🍐
    Loved seeing your trip on IG and I love that Brittany’s company has become such a success!! You both are such an inspiration and such genuine, sweet souls. 💕

    • Sarah
      > Melissa Filson
      March 31, 2019

      Ah thank you Melissa!! It’s been so amazing to watch her company grow so much over the past few years.

  • Kris
    March 30, 2019

    Hi,
    I am a mother of a 3.5 yr old girl and an 8 month old boy. I get approximately 10 minutes to myself in which I scroll quickly through many junk emails to get to this happy place !!!!!😁Your blog is great. I love your style. I am looking forward to purchasing some candles asap.

    Also, as a
    Mother of three yourself, you rock!!
    Thanks for sharing your life to make others, like me, happy to have something peaceful and inspiring to read while sipping coffee that has to be reheated about 100x 😂because the kids always need something the minute you sit down to have a moment of silence
    Kris😁🌺

    • Sarah
      > Kris
      March 31, 2019

      Oh wow, Kris. You just made my day! Thank you so much for your sweet words and encouragement. I am so happy to have you here! xoxo

  • Brenda Thompson
    March 31, 2019

    I love these candles! Saw them on one of your posts and checked them out. When I burn them in my home it smells wonderful. Hoping to become a tester of new candles, but we’ll see. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of their shop and how they are made.

    • Sarah
      > Brenda Thompson
      March 31, 2019

      aren’t they just the best, Brenda?! They’re the only candles I burn these days.

  • Debbie
    April 1, 2019

    I am enjoying my candles too and so glad you shared and I am hooked on them now too.

    • Sarah
      > Debbie
      April 3, 2019

      oh yay, that makes me happy Debbie!!

  • Kyle
    April 5, 2019

    Hey Sarah, I recently started following your channel, and you’ve been giving me a ton of ideas! Thanks!

    P.s your images are amazing.

    Cheers!

    Kyle

    • Sarah
      > Kyle
      April 7, 2019

      Ah yay! Thanks for being here. Cheers!

  • Hilary
    July 8, 2019

    I believe I saw this shop last week on the show “Good Bones”- how exciting! What a fun place! Thanks for doing what you do to inspire so many.

  • Gail mccreedy
    July 8, 2019

    Pick me !!! Pick me!!! I sure could use some good things happening about now !!😁

  • Keila Hufford
    July 8, 2019

    I’m so confused?!?!

    I followed the link in your IG stories to enter for the opportunity to be one of the 1,000 selected to be a candle tester. The link took me here to your blog. Am I missing something? Where do you enter?

  • Angela
    July 8, 2019

    I love following you!!! You are such a genuine sweet blogger! I hope I can be a candle tester! I loooovve candles!!

  • Sarah Thompson
    July 8, 2019

    Fall scents are my absolute favorite for candles!!!!

  • Heather
    July 8, 2019

    Woohoo!! Happy dance on a Monday! I seriously can’t imagine a more fun job than candle creator/scent sniffer! And creating a scent for fall- the best season of them all! Enjoy this exciting adventure. 😊

  • Elizabeth
    July 8, 2019

    I love Antique Candle Co, cant wait to smell,
    and I’m so excited for you@sarahjoyblog.com 🍂🎃❤🙂

  • Vicki
    July 8, 2019

    Love these candles!

    • Angela Huffman
      > Vicki
      July 8, 2019

      Can’t wait to try your scent!! Love these candles!! Would love to be a tester!🤤🙌🏻

  • Stacy
    July 8, 2019

    Can’t wait to try these out! You are #womangoals

  • Lis
    July 8, 2019

    I love the fall!! Can’t wait to smell your new candle. I’m from Colorado too ❤️

  • Sherry
    July 8, 2019

    This is fabulous. Congrats Sarah. I’m rooting for a Poffee Candle. Hahahaha. Have fun and enjoy it. So fun

  • Renee Burd
    July 8, 2019

    Please pick me to sample a fall candle, because fall is my favorite time of year! I just ❤️ all things FALL!!!

  • Summer
    July 8, 2019

    Oh my goodness I’m sooo excited about this!!!! Congratulations Sarah!!

  • Kelly McMackin
    July 8, 2019

    Congratulations Sarah!! I’m just a regular follower, like so many others, but I just want to say “congratulations” to you!! So awesome!
    I would love to test out your scents!! If not, best of luck❤️❤️

  • Candy Tharp
    July 8, 2019

    I’m so excited about this for you!. I love candles. Can’t wait

  • Susan Muller
    July 8, 2019

    I would love to be a candle tester!!!! I love candles and I love you! Pick me!!!!

  • Ruth
    July 8, 2019

    I love candles and would love to be a tester!!! Can’t wait to see what scent Sarah chooses. ☺️

  • Alicia Nutile
    July 8, 2019

    How cool it must have been to tour antique candle co! They seem like the sweetest team 💛 & not to mention they have THE yummiest candles!

  • Kathryn Ariotti
    July 9, 2019

    Would love to be a candle tester. Candels are my favorite! I have a box of ones I love from antiques candle co

  • Colleen
    July 9, 2019

    That is such exciting news! Congratulations! I enjoy following along with you on IG and can’t wait to hear more about this, you are such an inspiration and hearing the story about Antique Candle Company was truly an inspiration as well!

  • Mandy
    July 9, 2019

    Where do u sign up to become a candle tester? Did I miss it?

  • Lisa
    July 9, 2019

    I’d love to be a tester! As a teacher, the warm glow of a candle and sweet scent of a candle is so soothing after a long day. Love to follow your blog and the energy you give off.❤️

  • Stephanie Elliott
    July 9, 2019

    I want to be a candle tester….pleeeease!

  • Jennifer
    August 19, 2020

    We have our first order arriving for our shop …The Rustic Trunk in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada!
    Excited for our customers ❤️