The Plane, dog, and girl: a Good Shop Story!

i like vintage toys – who doesn’t?! At least once a week Sue comes up with a good shop story and this week it was about a young lady no more than ten years old who came into the shop with her mom. As you might imagine, most kids who come in, mope around half bored waiting for their parents to get done looking at “dumb ol’ stuff” but this girl was different. Which I can fully relate to having spent countless hours of childhood in the fabric store with my mom. This young lady, on the other hand, looked at absolutely everything before spying a vintage Fisher Price airplane over in the corner. Sue could tell it was love…

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Antique Shops and Thrift Stores on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway

Not sure about you, but when I leave town a favorite pastime is going to local antique shops and thrift stores. Big surprise, I know. 🙂 And to find them, I do exactly what you do… Google Search. The problem with that is a lot of times all sorts of big travel websites come up; Yelp, Travelocity, and others with their list of top 10’s and so often shops are left off the list because clearly, the person writing isn’t from the area. As a local and an antique shop owner, I’ve visited all of these and here’s what you can expect from antique shops and thrift stores on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. (Plus a couple extras in Aberdeen…

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Vintage Seattle: 1960’s Tourist Booklet Pictorial

I aim to keep an eclectic mix of fun stuff in the shop so that any given day you might find the beer tap handle you can’t live without alongside gas cans, wood slabs, and windows. And when it comes to vintage Seattle and Washington State memorabilia, when I find it, I buy it! To that end, I stock the Washington State Jim Beam decanter series, belt buckles, and glasses plus vintage Supersonics, Mariners, and Seahawks gear, and souvenirs from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Spokane’s Expo ‘74 along with any vintage Washington State maps, guidebooks, and cookbooks, which all sell almost as fast as I can get them in. And since my shop is in a tourist town,…

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Judy McVay the Ultimate (Wood Carved) Sign

To say that pulling a 16-foot wood carved sign from the attic of an old service station in Copalis Beach took the top spot on my ‘best of’ list, is an understatement. It did so much more; fed my obsession with Washington State history, my love of forestry, brought new friends and family into my life, and seeded a movement. Thank you, Judy McVay! But First… Used Car Salesman Leo A car guy from way back, Leo owned dealerships on South Tacoma Way (auto row) as well as a couple at the beach including this one, across from Copalis Beach Grocery. We met in the summer of 2018 when Leo’s building was up for sale. His dream was to use…

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Sooz Cool Vintage Stuff Foster Program

Cool vintage stuff sometimes turns into “dilemma time” for those of us trying to make a living as sellers – not collectors! I’ll tell you firsthand it’s particularly difficult to resist when you stumble upon a dream pick. Which by definition includes all the essentials; a five minute drive, invitation-only (aka no competition), and TONS of cool vintage stuff being sold by a family member, not the collector. It doesn’t get much better than that unless you get a “come back anytime,” when saying good-byes at the end of several fun filled hours. Needless to say, the one I went on recently was a treasure trove and I’ll be back! Honestly, most of the cool vintage stuff or rusty gold…

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