Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Out on the Antique Trail

Craig and I just had to laugh. We'd driven past this antique store in a little burg called Top of the World for years and never stopped. We finally saw an OPEN sign out and Craig decided to hang a U and go back.

Usually antique stores out in the middle of nowhere fall into one of two categories. They're either heaped full of sheer junk you'd never consider buying (one man's trash is NOT necessarily another man's treasure), or the antiques in the place are so overpriced, you'd never purchase anything.

This antique store fell into the latter category. Prices were double to triple the amounts I'd see on the same items down here in the Valley of the Sun. This old house was chock full of antiques, but as my dad used to say -- that man must really love his antiques!

Remember the photo posted last week of the cute aprons in the Jerome General Store? Old aprons must be a new trend in antiques. A shop in Globe had a hanging rack stuffed with vintage aprons.

After browsing all the shops in Globe and Miami, I walked away with a $1 purchase. It was an old strip of tin cut from a vintage coffee can. I thought it was novel since I collect old coffee cans. (I know -- how bizarre!) The store owner said they'd acquired the old strips of advertising tin from the roof of a miner's shack after it was torn down. The miner used his discarded food tins to patch the holes! From the looks of his roof, the miner evidently survived on coffee and pickled ham.


Ann said...

I think all the antiques stores around here fall into the latter category, too! They think they're pulling something over on the unsuspecting NY'ers...

drgeo said...

I feel sorry for antique store owners who don't know about eBay prices! On the other hand, I suspect many roadside businesses are mainly in it for the tax advantages. If I weren't so busy herding cats and wrangling packs of Scotties (ah, the value of a good cutting horse) here on Yawning Dog Ranch I would be tempted to open up a roadside stand of my own. From a recent vacation to the East Coast we brought home some crab meat from Maryland, a bluebird of happiness watering can from Zanesville (OH) Pottery, and a set of baritone windchimes from Nashville,Indiana. Lucky there's plenty of space in the barn!