Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I managed to find some time to go to some antique stores and flea markets while I was away, and on my drive home today I found a great little antique store that a couple privately runs at their home just outside the little town of Macks Creek, MO. It is in a small building in the side yard (they live in the country, so they have a large yard). Most of the items were out of my price range, but I found this great Montgomery Wards catalog (or as I fondly remember them "Monkey Wards"). I opened it up and was amazed at the things inside. Not only did it have clothing and curtains, the type of things that you still find in a JCPenny's catalog (or at least those little ones they mail out) but there was a little of everything in there. Vinyl floor covering, window awnings, heaters, washing machines, vinyl wall tile, and the list goes on. I haven't had a chance to really sit down and look through it yet (it's so much work to come home from a conference and get things done at home), but I am sure that since it was published just a little over a year after my house was built that it will be a great resource in finding period correct items for the house.
For those of you who haven't run across their site yet, even though Montgomery Ward's declared bankruptcy and closed all of their stores, they are back. As far as I know, they are online only, but it's great to see they are building up again. Check them out here: http://www.wards.com/home.jsp
For some interesting information on Macks Creek, MO see this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macks_Creek,_Missouri
Have a great Wednesday!
Posted by Missouri Michael at 6:00 AM