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Antique stores–not just for antiques anymore!

I live about 15-20 minutes away from a quaint older town that still has a historic downtown which consists of a main street with massive turn-of-the-century buildings that contain some items as old (or older) than the buildings.

The buildings are old. The floors creak and groan when you walk on them. Some (okay, almost all) of the stores have a…er…aroma when you walk in that seems to get stronger when you pass by specific areas.

I love it!

But what makes these stores interesting is that they’re not antiques all owned by the store owner, but rather the store is divided into sections or booths and it’s like an indoor, year-round flea market. And, what’s also neat is it’s not just limited to antiques. Sure, I’ve found some totally awesome antiques in some of these shops: vintage typewriter, candlestick phone, wall-mounted crank telephone (with guts), ice tongs, cotton scale, 50s style milk bottles–and the carrying crate; I’ve also found plenty of new items that are either made to look vintage or they’re just plain modern, but obviously people (including me…) are buying them or they wouldn’t be putting them in these booths any longer. Some of these include: bath salts, candles, salsa, custom made signs, CDs, tapes, records, DVDs, VHS tapes, greeting cards either handmade or a package of unwanted store-bought cards, soap, fancy mirrors, miscellaneous silver pieces, crayons, mis-matched plates, etc. You name it, it’s in there somewhere. I once half-jokingly told my husband Bob that it’s like some of these people are having a garage sale without the garage or the need to actually bother with running the drawer themselves. If/when it sells, it sells and if it doesn’t, they just go collect it all when they’re ready to stop renting space.

It’s truly a wonder (and I bet you all have at least one of these little treasure troves near you).

About once a month, I go troll through the row of stores. Yesterday was my January “run”. Some months I just go and look and try to keep my jaw hinged. Other times I buy something in each store. I don’t plan it that way, but it happens. I go in. Something calls my name and I have to take it home. I actually save up each month for these trips.

Yesterday only one thing called to me, and oh, did it scream! Now, it’s probably not what anyone else I know would have walked out with, but it had my name written all over it and shows you that I, too, can be just as scandalous as any of the Banks sisters…specifically Liberty. 😉

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So of course, I had to hang it above the door to my laundry room although I doubt anyone will…

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(Oh, hey, look as an added bonus, this falls on a Wicked Wednesday!)

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14 thoughts on “Antique stores–not just for antiques anymore!

  1. We have several antique malls in the towns in my area. I had a booth in one for a few years. I sold a lot of stuff, but never really made much money. It’s just a good excuse to go to all the auctions and buy more stuff!

    We also have two huge monthly outdoor flea markets nearby. I try to get there every month too. You never know what you’re going to find!

  2. I love it! I was like Liberty?? And then I looked at the picture and I immediately laughed. lol. I would love to find a place like that near me. I love looking at old things like that.

  3. I actually work right next to one. There used to be more in the area and I found them a great source for books, you know the kind that are available for a month and then they are sent back.

    Some treasures we’ve found at them:
    – Grandma installed in my mom a love of the artwork of Ted DeGrazia. Mom found three of his paintings for I think $50 each.
    – I found some cute little plaques that I bought for mom. My favorite says, “We try to childproof the house, but they keep getting in,” or something like that and one that says, “Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.”
    – Some of my Rainbow Brite dolls. I have had Shy Violet forever, but I got Indigo, Patty O’Green, and one other from an antique store.
    – A Ginny doll
    – A report card from 1914
    – My desk ($15 including the chair)
    – Precious Moments figurines.
    – Peanuts cups from a fast food restaurant years ago
    – Several book shelves (technically this was a book story/furniture store, but it had a lot of stuff that didn’t fit either category)
    – Some of my fairy dolls
    – A large number of CDs in my collection as well as some of the DVD sets.
    – A Coke clock for my sister
    – Chocolate (There was a chocolate store in one of the antique malls for a while)

    And many other things that don’t instantly pop to mind.

    • What exactly did you do with a 100 year old report card? I think it’s fascinating, but I thought I was the only weirdo of that tribe.

      I see lots of chocolate in these. I’d only buy it from a booth that has a LARGE selection of chocolate and not a random candy bar laying amidst their treasures–of obvious reason, of course.

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