Antiquing on the Open Road

Did you ever wonder what happen to all “old” stuff — like furniture, pictures, clothes, etc.  Generally there are two ways to rid oneself of “junque”.   Donate it to charity or sell it.  

While traveling we often stop at antique stores or malls and at thrift stores along the way.  Its become apparent that the word antique is generally a misnomer.  I don’t often care because most vintage stuff is from my childhood: I enjoy re-living childhood memories. 

Antiques are 100-years old or greater and are harder to find; whereas items of lesser age — known as vintage or collectibles are generally the norm. 

Through travel our poll (personal and pertinent to only us I’m sure) the best antique stores seem to be in New England particularly in Maine and Vermont.  The midwest also has a fine but smaller assortment of stores.  By and large the rest of the country is not so fortunate.  There are some notable exceptions: the “Enchanted Frog” in Lathrop, Missouri  and “Gannon’s Antiques and Art” in Ft Myers, FL are both top-notch.

Imagine our surprise to stumble upon an antique town.  Just such a place is the small burg of Clinton, TN (eastern edge of the state) which benefits from an historic downtown that has been converted into an antique leisure mall.  Its possible to spend a few hours wandering through the many establishments that sell almost nothing but antiques.









The opportunity to visit Clinton was to fall back in time.  The amount of furniture dating to the 1800’s was most impressive. Sales staff tempted us by suggesting we rent a U-Haul and stock up — the prices were fair making a purchase very tempting.

Alas, the house rule immediately kicked in — if something comes in then something must to go out. This stymied any purchases; though it was fun to look.

It turns out that Clinton’s past was even more colorful than its present:



Imagine a landlocked Tennessee was once a hub of jewelry related commerce.  Its especially astounding that the key product was pearls.      


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I'm retired. Travel a lot.
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One Response to Antiquing on the Open Road

  1. Susan Peltola says:

    You’re traveling companion must have been in antiquing heaven in that town. Hopkins is kind of like that. After forced retirement, I started checking its antique stores out again and recalled how I had once loved doing that too-forgot one of my own favorite hobbies in the hustle and bustle of working and mothering. Now that we are getting on and the common household items of our youth have become quaint-they really are filled more with memories relived than things to acquire(-in a trying to de-clutter mode myself these days). I like that rule: “something comes in something must go out”-going to try and obey it-starting with my closet.

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