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Monday, April 2, 2012

Blasts from the Past

Do you have a local place that you enjoy exploring?

For us, it’s Market Street Antiques, a local antiques store in the neighboring town of Onancock, VA. The wonderful  old door knobs featured in last week’s Friday Funnies post  were just a few of the items on display in this store.  There’s SO much more . . .oldies2house of dealsThe building itself is an antique, and was built in 1913 as a Ford dealership. The original tin ceilings can still be seen.

Before being converted to its current use, the building last housed a hardware store, House of Deals, renowned for having some of the most unusual items, including the pecan cracker I received  a couple of years ago as a Christmas gift. It’s still used when pecan season comes in the fall.

oldiesThis is a place where time quickly passes checking out the large and varied inventory – always something new – and unusual to see here. The front showroom has over 1,600 sq. feet of antiques and collectibles; the inventory changes frequently too.IMG_0509IMG_0514

The back showroom, where Ford motor cars were once serviced,  has over 2,000 sq. feet of architectural salvage with many one-of-a kind items. Owners Jeff & Christine Miller gathered inventory from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Jeff specializes in taking down old buildings. Some salvage items are added to the store. Salvaged wood is remade into furniture by Jeff.

There’s a wish list  book where folks can enter items they’re looking for along with contact information. The Millers will notify them if they find any of the items.sinksYES, there’s lots of “stuff” including the bathroom and kitchen sink.

13 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Very neat place. I wouldn't mind poking around there with my camera.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post and photos ! Papa and I love antiquing we have a favotite antique shop more like an old ware house we go to from time to time. Our youngest son loves to collect old type writers he would love these ! Have a great day !

Daisy said...

Looks like a fun place to visit! I imagine you could find all sorts of treasures there. :)

Mellodee said...

One of the best things about living in the "country" is discovering wonderful places like this! In the "city, you can still find places that sell antiques and vintage stuff...but it costs 3 times as much! :)

Montanagirl said...

That old typewriter takes the cake!

possum said...

Yeah, as the old antique places close down and we were left with only the expensive shops, this place is fun.
The building also was a furniture store back before the Lewis's House of Deals.
And the parking lot next door used to have a really nice restaurant on it.
Onancock's building history is amazing.
glad you found it and had some fun.

Out on the prairie said...

Pretty fun place, it is amazing how one sorts out good from not so good.

Jimmie Earl said...

Looks like fun. But I'd rather peruse old book stores! The dustier and mustier the better!

Sandra said...

i am sorry to say we have nothing like this here, if so i would be wandering there a lot. this is wonderful.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

The Weald and Downland museum here in West Sussex rescues old buildings and rebuilds them brick by brick. Great place to visit.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I would love to walk around there :-) I don't think we have anything like that around here but closer to the big cities.

Have a great day!
Christer.

Elaine said...

That would be so much fun to explore. We do have some antique stores here, but they just don't compare with what's available on the East Coast.

Swamp Dog said...

Now that looks like the kind of place you can find some real junk, OOps, I meant treasures in!

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