the story behind Antique Candle Co.®

We are all on a life journey and sometimes God can take us places we wouldn’t expect to go. He prepares our hearts in such a way to be ready for our next stage in life. When I look back at the year leading up to the inception of Antique Candle Co.®, formerly Antique Candle Works, I can easily see how He was preparing me for something new.

My life NEEDED a change.

I graduated from Purdue University with a Management degree in 2012. My husband and I married during college and lived in our first home on campus (so fun!). Our friends said we were the cool married couple, ha!

After graduation, we left West Lafayette, Indiana and moved to the Chicagoland area. I accepted a position as an Assistant Store Manager at a Super Target. That store generated 63 million in sales/year and as a 22 year old, I was very overwhelmed. I worked so, so hard and gave all of myself to that job. I would come home and be utterly exhausted. This was so much harder than any all-nighter I had during college. My husband was working in the city and worked long hours as well. This continued for a year.


Then there was a low-point realization moment – I came in after closing the store one night and the sink was full of dirty dishes. It was beginning to smell. I didn’t have anything left to give and found some Lysol in the bathroom and sprayed the dirty dishes in the sink so the smell would dissipate for a time. I remember doing that – I was so ashamed. How did I get to this point? Everything seemed to be falling apart. I knew I wasn’t being a Godly wife, sister, or friend. I needed to do something that would honor God in all the aspects of my life, not just my career.

I left Target and began searching for another job. In the meantime, I took up a hobby – candle making. I always would buy a candle at the store as a little gift for myself and would find joy in a small candle. Then, I thought, it would be so fun to make candles! I spent a few months learning and perfecting the exact ratio of fragrance oil to soy wax; I now understand why there are many not-so-great handmade soy candles. The entire candle making process is very precise and can be difficult to master.

After a few months, the Lord began to reveal that I have the ability to offer these candles to others and even begin a legitimate small business. I wrote a business plan (thanks business school!) and planned to name my company, Antique Candle Works. I liked ‘Works’ because it implies something is being made and produced. Now, though, we are called Antique Candle Co.®. Not only are we a company, but we are also a large and loved community that expands far beyond just those in the studio.

Despite how much we've grown and changed, every candle is hand poured with love today, just as they were 6 years ago.

It is now 2019 and it’s been 5 years since I founded Antique Candle Works. God has blessed this business and I want to give Him the glory for it all. I partner with hundreds of small brick + mortar shops who love their businesses, and I have the privilege of working with nearly 20 wonderful people who enjoy candle making as much as I do!

Because the Lord allowed me to deeply struggle at Target, I considered a different path... to begin a business. I am so thankful for this. It’s amazing to look back at God’s hand working through it all. He truly is a good, good Father.

What is the Lord revealing to you in your own life and circumstances? Are you willing to take a leap of faith and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading?

Thank you for being a part of the Antique Candle Co.® journey.



  • Monica Garcia

    Hi Brittany,
    I read about your amazing journey and I was so inspired by your faith and dedication to start your own business! I have been contemplating for the longest time to quit my very stressful job and start my own business but I have been too afraid to do so for fear of losing everything. I have been the main financial provider for my family and feel that I have a lot to lose. I have been praying to God to give me a sign and for the courage to enhance my life for my highest good according to His plan. I then come across your story and it touched my heart! God works in mysterious ways! God is good… Thanks for sharing your incredible story and for the HOPE it brings to others! I wish you continued success in your business and look forward to trying your scented candles!
    Many blessings,

  • LaVonne Kassouf

    I received one of your candles (Tree Farm) at a Christmas Bunko party in Charleston, SC. I had never heard of your company, so I looked you up online. I loved reading your story. My husband is a Purdue graduate as well. Thank you for sharing your faith! God is so good! We always say, “If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.” His plans are so much bigger & better than ours could ever be. Praying that He will continue to bless you, your husband, & your company richly in the years ahead. Merry Christmas!

  • Diane Powell

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. I found you through Erin @cottenstem. So happy I found you and your team. Cheers to continued growth in life and business. Much love…

  • Emily Hope

    love hearing about your journey, and how you followed the Lord’s leading one step of faith at a time!

  • Sheryl Siedl

    Found you through Sarah Joy’s blog, and am excited to order my first candle. I’m somewhat of a “candle snob”, and wont buy any ole candle. I, too, am from north of Chicago (Rockford), and transplanted to Bedford, IN, almost 24 years ago! Looking forward to getting my first candle!!

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