Lincolnton, North Carolina
July 28, 2005
As we entered, we stepped into a small wood-paneled foyer that was decorated with antique-looking mirrors, chairs, and side tables. Now, I am no expert on antiques, but these things looked old (ha ha). The building opened up into a 30,000-square-foot treasure trove of all things antique, classic, and antique style. It is two stories tall, made up of six rooms, each with its own theme. On the first floor was the "Carriage Room," which had a huge selection of furniture and accessories from Victorian era through the Art-Deco styles. There was also the "Theater Room," home to some of the "greatest hits of all time" furniture and collectibles from local estates and around the world and considered the most eclectic collection. Also, there was the "Back Room," where you would find porch, and patio furniture, along with statuary and iron pieces, with a charming country theme. Finally, there was the "Nickelodeon Room," chockfull of antique and reproduction collectibles such as dolls, ornate boxes, and little figurines. Up on the second floor was the "Lamp Room," filled with 200+ table lamps, chandeliers, desks, and standing lamps of all styles and sizes, and the "Carousel Room," a wonderful selection of quality solid-wood antique reproduction furniture and accessories. They considered this the room with the "antiques of the future." Here was where I found my favorite piece: a wrought-iron room divider with palm tree accents for only $135. Unfortunately, we did not have room to pack it in the car, and I really did not have a place to put it at my house.
There were tin signs all over the walls intermingled with old-time wooden plaques advertising everything from motor oil to Wonder Bread. There was a collection of early dated magazines, including "TV Guide" and "Time." They had costume jewelry, as well as more expensive gold and silver pieces. There was an early century car located in the center of the first floor, but it was not for sale. I found an old-time jukebox and full-size scale that was guaranteed not to be off balance. I loved that they had customer-service phones that had a rotary dial and actually worked.
Memories buys their antiques in five countries, with items coming in daily, and claims to be the largest, most unique shop of its kind on the entire East Coast. They also provide the following services for a fee: furniture refinishing, furniture repair,
mirror re-silvering, chair-caning, and lighting restoration. They are open 10am to 5pm 7 days a week and accept MasterCard, VISA, and Discover. They also claim that they will deliver anywhere.
Tel – 845/292-4270
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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