Here's another blog entry that has nothing to do with my vintage clothing shop, but I spent so much time on it (for my myspace blog) that I decided to duplicate it here. The pictures all get side-cropped on eblogger; but you can see them full view -or bigger- on my flickr page if you're inclined (just click on them)--.....
More of my obsessions....
I drove up to the old Watnot Shop Auction Barns yesterday to a)make sure they were still there, and b) get a pic for the big blog I've been working on this week.
I was too late for the magic-hour light, but I decided to get out of the car and snoop around a bit; you know... peek into windows...look for stories....
'Til I realized my life was in danger:
Woops -- oh right---this was not to be one of my trespassing blogs....so like a good little scout I got the hell out of there.
At least 95% of what's in these pictures was acquired at the Watnot Shop.
Richard and Lois Tanner, who owned and ran the shop for over 25 years, cleaned out houses in Hudson, and old farmhouses for miles around.
What wasn't sold at the auction barn got put into storage or brought over to the shop on Warren street.
(I did manage to refrain from buying this vintage pudding.)
I've been shopping there for about 13 years, rarely going a whole week without at least dropping in to say Hello.
You just never knew when fresh old musty dusty merch was going to get churned up from the nooks and crannies. Mostly it would be same old stuff, but sometimes there would be a new cigar box of treasures on the counter, or a heap of old aprons, jar of buttons, or funky vintage $20 amateur masterpiece to pounce on...
...Or maybe a flyswatter for my collection...
But right after Christmas these signs appeared on the shop doors:
This is one of many piles of booty I got last week when the flotsam and jetsam was really getting churned up good for the big closing day. I have to admit, the blow of losing the Watnot was softened significantly by the final days of treasure hunting.
The ritual is to bring the stuff home, fondle it, sometimes research it on ebay, and then file it into my big trinket chest.
Just a few of the categories:
Dice and Jax:
Old Gumball Charms
Not to be confused with old celluloid gumball charms:
..Not to be confused with toy balls:
Old Cuff buttons:
Thimbles and sewing tools:
(note the Chex Cereal Secret Agent Decoder ring and the Kool-Aid Treasure Hunt Ring.....)
Teeny tiny tintypes (these make great dollhouse portraits)
Tokens, Dog Licenses, Play Money, etc
and Pocket Saints
and of course loads and loads of Hudson Memorabilia ---Hudsoniana?--- which will someday be bequeathed to Historic Hudson or the DAR museum.
The hula swizzle stick and
girlie sandwich stake are two of my most-favorite-ever finds. Both from "Joe's Hawaiian Paradise Lounge, Hudson, NY".
.... What I would give to travel back in time to visit a tiki lounge in Hudson.....hmmm
I wish Lois and Richard the best in their retirement, but I'm going to seriously miss the Watnot Shop.