October 17th – Did Winter arrive already?

My goodness it was cold this morning.  Temperature was in the 30’s when we woke up.  Thankfully Janet had packed two down comforters for this trip and they kept us very warm all night.  We slept between the two.

Janet got up much earlier than I and started the generator so she could make coffee and run our little space heater.  That thing does a decent job of warming up the inside of the RV.

We spent most of the day just relaxing.  After all of her hiking, Janet needed a day of rest.  I think we all did.  I got a little restless as the day went along so I looked up antique stores (what else) in Kingsport and found that there was an antique store district downtown.  Janet graciously agreed to let me go explore.

Downtown Kingsport was kind of a walk back in time to the 50’s & 60’s.  Parking was in the middle of the street.  I didn’t see one vacate storefront anywhere and all the buildings and signs looked new. I saw something I hadn’t seen in years.  It was a men’s store selling suits, shirts, and ties.  You just don’t see those types of businesses anymore.

My first stop was to P & J Antiques.  I have to say this was by far the best antique store I have ever been in. All the antiques and collectibles were first rate – no junk.  All the booths were well organized.  I heard a conversation with a customer and the owner who said she had traveled from Charlotte, NC because she had heard about the reputation of the store.

This was the largest offering of nesting dolls I have seen in our travels.

Old beer cans must be a thing as I’ve seen some in most of the stores I have visited.  It’s odd to see the old cans that had no flip top tab to open. Does Carling Black Label beer still exist??

I think I mentioned in another post that I loved the Hardy Boys mysteries growing up.  I spent a lot of allowance and lawn mowing money on them. I seem to always be drawn to them when I see them in a store.  Usually they sell for around $6.00 a book.  I saw a large collection and checked them out.  Typically books have a sticker on the front cover or written in pencil inside the cover with the price.  Well when checking out the books I saw one with a $1.50 sticker.  I thought what the heck I’ll buy it just to see why I liked the books so much until I realized that this was the sticker with the original price.  Instead was written $6.00.  Darn it!

I thought this tractor seat idea was kind of cool.  Wouldn’t work in our house, but I could see it if you went with a farmhouse theme.  Price was $225.

This booth was all about Christmas.  I looked to see if, per chance, they had anymore of the Santa figures that Janet has had for years.  No luck.  I’m seeing that the old large multi-colored Christmas lights must be coming back in vogue as I’ve seen several strands of those for sale.  I wonder if you can still buy that type of bulb.

My sister-in-law, Jo Beth, was into rooster decor for awhile.  I think she would have loved this booth..

Old gas pumps are quite the rage with car collectors.  Even one like this one, which isn’t one of the really old style pumps, sells for well over $1,000.

Right across the street was another shop called Haggler’s Antiques.  What a great name for an antique store!  This one had some good things, but was nothing close to the first store I visited.  It didn’t take very long for me to walk through the store.

Do you see how corroded the bottle caps are in this 6-pack.  It’s amazing to find such old bottles still filled up like this.

I had to smile when I saw this sign.  My father used Wildroot when I was growing up so he used it one me whenever my hair had to be combed neatly.  It was greasy white stuff that surely kept your hair in place and with all that oil it was shiny too.  As the sign says, “makes your hair obey all day”. I think this product must be extinct now.

Being a child of the 60’s and a avid fan of the Beatles I would have bought this if it had been reasonable – priced $450.  It is the original theater lobby cards for the Beatles first movie – A Hard Days Night. The little boxes at the bottom were the autographs of each of the Beatles.

Because I dallied so long in the antique stores it was getting pretty late when we headed towards the trail head we planned to spend the night.  On the menu was steaks on the grill.  By the time we arrived there it was pitched black which eliminated the steak dinner.  It also made it difficult to find a mostly level place to park.  I bet we tried at least 10 places before finding something suitable.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the thirties overnight.  We will try and stay warm under our down comforters.


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