Antiquing in my yesteryears

Trip Start Apr 21, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Friday, September 17, 2010

        We had some time yesterday, between flying kites and getting sand blasted and NOT catching crabs when we were trying to do so.  We stopped by the small antique mall in Kitty Hawk.  It is not much of a mall consisting of only 5 antique stores.  They are rambling affairs though and we just kept finding more rooms and more rooms in two of the stores, chock full of stuff.  Those two stores looked like they could well belong on a "Hoarders" episode almost.  Can't say for sure since I have never watched Hoarders.  These two stores were mostly junk and then more junk and then some antiques but mostly junk.  Each room was full of odds and ends and brick-a-brack and such a variety of things that the eye could not take it all.  Everywhere and on every surface were jars, bottles, plates, bowls, rolling pins, tools, quilts, fabric, dresses, silverware, jewelry, signs, furniture, comic books, toys, toasters, paperweights, coasters, canisters, paintings, photographs, arrowheads, shells, perfume bottles, buttons, marbles, vases, typewriters, mirrors, lamps, bowls, tins, dolls, prisms, compasses, and the list goes on and on and on.  How does something get to such a state?  At one point, there must have been nothing there and then you just start stacking until you can stack no more then move on to the next room? 

        In such a store it's hard to find anything inside that you want because there is too much clutter and too much junk.  We dutifully wandered through each room though just in case there was something good to get.  What's sad and amazing at the same time is that I recognized many things as items my mother had or items I had when I was young plus a few items I had when I was a young adult.  Wow, my yesteryears have become antiques.  But my yesteryears are also mostly junk antiques.  I could have repurchased most of my early years for under $10 each.  I could have purchased most of my mother's yesteryears for under $20 each.

        The other three stores in the antique mall were a bit smaller and classier.  One was specializing in Civil War relics so while interesting, not much for me to oh and ah over in that store.  I do not need to start a new collection of any kind.

        The last two stores were very small in comparison.  One was just one room and the other was just three rooms.  But these stores were neat and tidy without a lot of junk (meaning more careful thought on what they sell and more carefully laid out and kept clean) 

        I found items of interest in all the stores though.  However since I am still living out of my car and hauling stuff with me wherever I go, I limited my purchased to tiny things and small things.  We ended up with some mini matchbook cars and some prisms and one fishing float.  The two big junk antique stores, I would have to wander through them many, many times to really be able to know what they carry and what they have and to find anything I wanted.  Of course, in the smallest store, I found three things I would like to have but could not because of size.  She had three quilt racks which I could really use for hanging my quilts but there is no way I can haul these around in my car.  Oh well.  There will be more antique stores in my future.
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Angela on

How is purchasing matchbook cars not re-acquiring your yesteryears? :)

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