Monday, March 23, 2015

Mable's

Way down the backroads, near absolutely nothing, is this place called Mable's.  Or Gary's.  It has two signs.  We've always called it Mable's though.  I suspect Gary is the current owner.


It's been there for years.  Longer than Paul and I have been in the region.  A huge old building, resembling a barn, the miles of junk stretches throughout.

You never know what treasure you might unearth.  It can be difficult shopping there, as many things seem to be buried.  I apologize for the glare in the pictures - I took these with my cell phone.

I have fond memories of visiting many such places with my parents as a kid.  The junkier the place, the more possibilities!

On this day, we didn't find anything that we had to have.  I saw a few tea cups with saucers that I loved, but I thought them a little overpriced.

Readers, do you like to go treasure hunting?

30 comments:

Steve Surratt said...

OOh, neat. I can see visiting that place. I've been around this area forever and never heard of it.

mail4rosey said...

My mother-in-law loves, loves, loves to peruse these kinds of places! She finds some pretty amazing things sometimes too.

Laura Lee said...

WOW! Lots of cool stuff in there, I could spend a whole afternoon browsing:) Yes, I love treasure hunting.

Harry Flashman said...

Wow, I could spend hours in a place like that. I particularly like Army surplus stores, but we had a store like Mables here for years. Then the owner died and they bulldozed it.

Out on the prairie said...

What a conglomeration.

Linda E said...

I love, love, love places like that. One never knows what will turn up and it might just be something you have been yearning for! Thanks for sharing the visit there with us.

TexWisGirl said...

looks like one of those places where prices are randomly pulled out of the shopowner's head. :)

Sharon Wagner said...

Absolutely. But I don't have room for many new treasures these days.

Ginny said...

Yes I DO! Since I have lost weight,most of my new clothes are from Goodwill. I am a Goodwill Hunter. I would love this place. I already see a few things I would like, including the white wicker headboard.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I have been there if that is the place in Old Wirtz near the tracks. I haven't been there in a long time as I don't need to spend money and I would there.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I like places like that where you never know what you'll find. There are several such places in our area. I ususlly don't go shopping anywhere though unless I am looking for something in particular. I'm probably missing out on some finds.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

My Hubs loves going in places like this and looking for treasures.

Karen S. said...

I do like to go treasure hunting, and a place like that can unearth all kinds of stuff!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes registos....
Cumprimentos

Jeanne said...

What fun it is touring these places and always possible to find something you really love.

Sally said...

I love places like that. The first things I look for are books 'cause you know, a girl can't have too many~! :)

xoxo

SweetMarie said...

I go to thrift stores weekly. :) I buy things to sell and to keep. :)

Lin said...

I cannot handle the smell of such places. While I'd love to dig around for a little, my nose betrays me and I gotta make a run for the door.

Linda said...

I like those places because they have different items, so of them unique.

Endah Murniyati said...

I really like hunting old stuff. Looking for 'extraordinary' things, retro is lot of pleasure.

Small Kucing said...

In the 3rd photo, it looks like books in the background. I like it. would be nice to browse there

Michelle said...

I would love to visit this place!

Tanya Breese said...

oh this looks like my kind of place! i used to go all the time when we lived in georgia...we had one big place like mable's, housed in an old cotton mill, it was huge...when ash and christian would go to school, the boys and i would go and spend a couple of hours just seeing what we could find...it was easier, only about 10 minutes from my house...here nothing close...buchanan has some great antique stores but that's a half hour drive so you don't just go spur of the moment!

alissa apel said...

I like places like that! There are a few places downtown that are like that in the Old Market. I think the prices are a bit high for junk just because of where it's at. Once I went to Walnut, IA just to go junk shopping. It was fun!

April Lou said...

That is such a cool place. I wish we had something like that in the area. I love having treasure hunts! Very jealous.

Montanagirl said...

My Mom would have loved that place! She always loved to go to garage/yard sales. Me, not so much. lol

bas van Es said...

Het lijkt mij heerlijk om daar te struinen.

A Quiet Corner said...

Now that we've downsized, I no longer go treasure hunting but I miss that place! He built all our stand alone cabinets for us which are perfect here!!...:)JP

Michael Manning said...

Lisa: How fortuitous! Today is the birthday of the late actor Steve McQueen. He and Lee Majors used to visit places like this to outbid each other on antique tin toys!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We have nothing like that here, the closest I've been is a place in NC. I envy you--so many treasures to unearth!