Hidden Acres Antiques in Joplin, has over 6,000 antiques for sale

JOPLIN, Mo. — The owner of a Joplin business has amassed a collection of irreplaceable items that are truly antique.

Bob Mitchell, owner of Hidden Acres Antiques, collects and sells over 6,000 items at his 32nd Street store.

All are classified as genuine antiques, meaning each item is at least 100 years old.

Mitchell has appeared on the popular PBS program, “Antiques Roadshow” four times.

An item from Mitchell’s collection was valued at over $6,000.

It is a blue and white plate made during the Sung Dynasty in present-day China, which was made around 960 AD.

After working with antiques his whole life, Mitchell says he’s still learning.

At an antique show in Denver, Colorado, Mitchell received advice from another antique dealer.

This valuable advice guides the way he runs his business to this day.

“She said, ‘Always buy what you like.’ She said: “Don’t buy it because it’s cheap, don’t get me wrong, we all like to find bargains, but after a few years, if you fall in love with something, put everything in a box and just send to an auction or somewhere. She said, “Take this money and buy something better.” The secret of this company is to always try to upgrade. If you have a collection, upgrade it.’ And that’s what got me into this,” said Bob Mitchell, owner of Hidden Acres Antiques.

Mitchell says he continues to improve his collection and is often surprised by what people bring to his shop.

If you would like to learn more about Hidden Acres Antiques, including hours of operation and location, you can visit their Facebook page, HERE.