Friends, community rally to support the Barnsley Road Antique Market owners after a devastating fire01/10/2023 01:25AM ● By Steven Hoffman
The Barnsley Road Antique Market was destroyed by a devastating fire on Christmas Eve.
The shop in Oxford, which offered a large selection of antiques, collectibles, gifts, and treasures of all kinds, also served as a home for owners Jean Barker and Larry Beckenstrater.
A GoFundMe effort is now underway as friends, customers, and the community rally to offer support and a little assistance to Barker and Beckenstrater during their time of need.
“They lost the shop, they lost the house, they lost everything,” said Lisa McMillan, a friend of the owners.
McMillan said that customers have grown to love the Barnsley Road Antique Market during the last four years because they could always find new and interesting treasures of all kinds.
There are three ways to help the shop’s owners recover. Contributions can be made through the GoFundMe on the popular crowdfunding site. A simple keyword search of “Barnsley Road Antique Market” locates the page. Your donations will go directly to Barker and Beckenstrater to help them recover from the terrible ordeal.
The GoFundMe page also offers another way to help: “If you would like to contribute funds via cash or check and not through a third party, an account has been set up for Jean Barker at Prescence Bank, 126 South 3rd, Street in Oxford, PA, 19363. They will deposit funds directly into her account.”
Additionally, checks can be made payable to Jean Barker and mailed to the shop’s address at 441 Barnsley Road, Oxford, PA 19363. The owners aren’t able to live at the property at this time, but they are checking the mail daily.
So far, the GoFundMe effort has raised more than $7,000. The goal is to raise $10,000.
The owners expressed their appreciation for the support in a post on the Barnsley Road Antique Market’s Facebook page which read:
“Thank you for all the comments, prayers, and support these past few weeks. ( I can't believe it's been that long already) I know Prayers are powerful and can move mountains. We still have a lot to face in the coming weeks, but each day shines a little more light. So if you would, please continue to keep us in your prayers. Much love to all.”