My wife and I have been collecting various sorts of antiques for many years now. Some people would call it collecting junk. Some might call it decorating. No matter how you look at it, antiquing provides us with an abundance of fun.
Of course, you have to know where to go to do this antiquing stuff. We visit many different places but relatively few make our list of worthwhile haunts.
The most consistently rewarding store over the years has been the Antiques Marketplace in Putnam, Connecticut. They have 3 floors of merchandise. The quality of items ranges from high-end 18th and 19th century art work right on down to flea market quality junk (mostly in the basement). We always walk away with great finds. The prices are reasonable and the stock is changed frequently. We park in a municipal lot just down the road. The only downside is the 1.5 hour ride to get there from our home. That’s no big deal, especially since there are several other antique stores in the same town and the Connecticut countryside is beautiful.
Another favorite of ours, just 10 minutes away on route 138, is Jules Antiques and General Store, formerly The Richmond Antique Center. This place is huge! It is well laid out and the new owners are working real hard to make it a success. The best test of a place is whether or not we make purchases.
We almost always come away with something from Jules. You can easily recognize the place by the large parking lot and the Amish buggies parked outside. They also have a smaller place (Nana’s Jules) just down the road.
This past Saturday I was reading Craigs List ads (I do this too often) and read about a place in Douglas, Massachusetts. It sounded interesting.
I researched a bit more and found that the consistent message was ‘pass up Douglas and go to Uxbridge’. So, we went to Bernat Antiques in Uxbridge. We took my wife’s new VW Beetle – she even let me drive it. We found our way using a Garmin Nuvi GPS that worked real well. The shop sprawls over two floors in an 18th century mill building (one of the oldest mills in New England). There are over 100 dealers and plenty of parking. They don’t haggle on prices and there is no need to. The merchants have already put very reasonable stickers on the products. My wife and I both came away with plenty of treasures on our first trip. She got 5 or 6 kitchen antiques, an old flower frog, and another antique suitcase for her growing living room display.
I found a really neat 1949 Buick radio (very similar to my ’41) and a 1929 Remington cash register. The radio is in nice shape and it looks like it will be easy to restore.
Most of the tubes in the radio are late 1930’s metal envelope style. All of them were made by Delco and this leads me to believe that they are either original or any past servicing was professional.
The cash register was so big that I could not fit it in my wife’s VW Beetle convertible. I had to go back later with my truck. You might not think the one hour trip worthwhile, but since I paid only $25 for a really cool register I had no problem with the second trip. Now I have plenty more things to play with during the winter.
Do you have any information on Remington cash registers? I do know that they were made by the same company that makes Remington guns. The cash register part of their business was bought out by National Cash Register back around 1931.
The register I have is a model 212TCS (I think?) and the certification glued to the bottom of the cash tray indicates that it was made in 1929. Any information (operation manual, source for keys, photograph of complete unit, etc.) is appreciated.
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Dick & Joan’s Antiques – this website is full of information on the collecting of cash registers. They even have reference material that helps date various brands of registers. The gallery section is amazing!
Cash Register Collectors Club – If you really get into cash registers (I don’t think I will) you may want to join a club. This club has a nice web site with plenty of great pictures.
Antique Cash Registers – This is a site managed by a collector. There are plenty of new and old photographs of ornate registers.
National Milk Glass Collectors Society – These people have the information including a nice reference list.
Collector’s Encyclopedia of Milk Glass by Betty & Bill Newbound. My wife has this book. It is the best!
300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles by Linda Franklin, various editions. Huge book full of information. Buy it cheap on Amazon. I have this one also.
Brimfield Flea Market – This is the one if you are in New England. Bring water, food, and good walking shoes. We like to park at the little church just outside of the main show area. They leave their restrooms open and you can picnic on the lawn. What a deal.
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