From the flickering lanterns on the porch to the scents of pine and peppermint greeting you at the door, The Old Candle Barn is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. It’s located in the town of Intercourse which makes it so easy to stop by while visiting some of the other great shops in the area like Kitchen Kettle Village, Zooks Fabrics, and Dutch Haven.
I visited on a Saturday and the atmosphere was festive inside with the signs of the season everywhere from Santas to stockings. Though I had primarily come to look at their candles, I fell in love with the primitive and folk art displays set up in every possible corner of the shop.
In one section of the store, I searched through endless choices of home textiles – rugs, placemats, and other necessities of a well-dressed holiday home. I was delighted with their selection of potpourri in many scents and sizes since that is an integral part of my holiday gift baskets. It was so hard to choose which ones to include this year.
Then, tucked away in a corner, I found a line of lotions and soaps with scents so enticing I just had to try a few. The lotion was so beautifully silky and the light scent stuck with me for quite some time that I decided to get a little something for my own stocking. What a treat!
But on to the real reason for my visit, candles.
The Old Candle Barn carries nearly 500 different candle scents to try out so make sure your nose is ready and you have enough time to try them all! They have scents like Christmas Essence, Banana Nut, Green Tea, Sugar Cookie, Roasted Chestnuts, Red McIntosh, Toasted Coconut, and Winter Wishes.
If you are only used to seeing votives and jar candles at other candle stores, then you will be enchanted with the large variety of candle shapes and sizes from small hand-dipped tapers to large candle blocks. I was especially fond of the unusual lumpy candles that are so different from a plain barrel candle.
Once you choose your candles, then you can look for the perfect holders. The selection of black iron holders is wonderful, but there are glass holders as well for a more modern look.
We have several family members with respiratory ailments, so our first choice in candles is always soy. They are not easy to find in a wide variety of scents. Thankfully, the Old Candle Barn stocks a full line of their scented candles in soy and palm oil versions for families like mine. They also offer unscented candles if you have people on your gift list who are unable to tolerate the scented ones.
I was surprised to find out that the Old Candle Barn offers many lighting options other than candles as well. You’ll want to check out the selection of Coleman and Dietz products. With the increasing amount of severe weather in our area, I’m definitely interested in finding other lighting options for my home in times of emergency. We have small children, so candles are not always the best option in our home.
I had such a great time shopping at the Old Candle Barn for gifts for my family. Next time you are in Intercourse, Lancaster County, drop on in and try out a few new candle scents for yourself. Just be sure to allow enough time to shop the entire store, you’ll be amazed at all you will find.