To the people of the Carolinas, the name "IWANNA" is synonymous with classified advertising. Since the first edition came out in April 1976, IWANNA experienced phenomenal growth -- from a 4-page paper to issues of over 300 pages and thousands of classified and display ads and we're still growing. Whether you're shopping for a new puppy, a used car, antiques, or a new rifle, we’re the place to start.
We’re owned by the Fayetteville Publishing Company, one of the nation’s oldest family-owned newspapers. As a service-oriented paper, IWANNA is designed to offer buyers and sellers of both new and used merchandise a quick and easy way to reach other folks in our local markets.
Katherine and Bobby Corn started IWANNA, launching it at their kitchen table and using an old VW Beetle to make deliveries. The concept of free classified ads caught on quickly, and they eventually bought a building and a printing press, expanded their staff, and began thinking about growth.
The Hickory franchise opened in 1980, and a company-owned operation in Upstate South Carolina took hold in 1988. IWANNA also publishes Sophie, a women's magazine serving North Carolina, I Do magazine and other periodicals. Our first website was launched in 1999.
In 2011, our leadership team and the Asheville staff moved into our new office at 22 Garfield Street (Suite 100) in the heart of Biltmore Village.
What was once a "little paper" quickly became the largest and most widely read weekly shopping guide serving Western North Carolina, Western Piedmont and Upstate South Carolina.