Our Biggest Sale Ever!


The most items ever on sale with the biggest reductions! We’ve got to make room and you’ll get the best deal ever. 

Starting July 1, all 50% yellow tags are an additional 50%.  The sale will end when Philip pulls the plug (probably when he feels faint!)

Come and get your Christmas shopping done early. 

See our Facebook page or Instagram account for a video of items.

We’ve reduced:

  • Cabinets
  • Majolica
  • Carved items
  • Blue and White Transferware
  • English smalls
  • Chairs
  • Trays
  • Stools
  • Pewter​

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Outside Flea Market near Fayetteville Arkansas

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Looking north at part of the crowds waiting to get in the gate.

Last week, we decided to visit The Junk Ranch in Prairie Grove, Arkansas for the second time. The Junk Ranch is an outside flea market where old rusty vintage meets homemade signs and crafts. With a big dose of food vendors and garden items. Not exactly what we carry in the store, but it’s close enough to visit again and see what we could find.

On our first visit, in 2014, the flea market was just finding it’s legs. Now, they have the flea market game figured out. The place had three times the number of vendors and hundreds more visitors. They managed vehicle and pedestrians traffic well. We arrived about thirty minutes before the market opened on Friday, at 9:30 a.m., and the two entrance lines were already winding around the fences. It was a beautiful, sunny day, perfect for shopping in a field.

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Before the crowds.

The Junk Ranch is located outside of Fayetteville, in the middle of a big field around a big red barn. Most of the vendors are set up in tents, so if the weather hadn’t cooperated, you could have still enjoyed the day. Although there was a large crowd waiting for the gates to open, the crowds dispersed quickly because of the size of the venue.

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Typical items for sale.

So, what did we find? Not much that would fit into our store. English country house antiques can’t be found in a field in NW Arkansas. We did buy a few items. We saw a lot of country craft signs, old sinks, metal garden items, buckets, crafts, farm machines, old worn kitchen items, and lots of retro fans with frayed cords. We saw several buyers carrying small overnight suitcases and we wondered why. We made a couple of trips to the car, but our best buys were the extra large corn dogs!

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Some of the treasures we brought home.

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22 Yards Mapped Out the World

Mapping out Property with a Gunter’s Chain


In a world of GPS, a Gunter’s Chain is a true antique. It’s a surveyor’s tool for measuring a tract of land. It was primarily used from 1620, when it was developed by Edmund Gunter, until the start of the 20th century.

A Gunter’s Chain is a metal chain made up of 100 links and measures 22 yards. At the end of a group of 10 links is a metal tag. Metal detector enthusiasts often find these tags while out hunting for treasures.

The device was used for 300 years, along with a compass, by surveyors to preform their legal duties. These duties included measuring a designated tract of land, drawing a map of the land features and providing a written description of the land.

For cricket fans, here’s a bit of trivia: it is also used to measure the cricket pitch.

Our friend Stephanie pointed out this interesting item on our last trip to England, so, of course, we bought not one, but two!

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Over 600 Antiques Added Today!

We’re full of crazy cool antiques! Come see for yourself. 

Robertson Gallery and Antiques, 1055 S. Glenstone, Springfield Missouri.

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Closed on Saturday, April 8

We have a family obligation on Saturday, April 8, so we will be closed for the day. 

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A River Runs Through the Valley

Looking down on the abbey from the south bank of the River Skell.

Looking down on the abbey from the south bank of the River Skell.

In a small valley, in Yorkshire (midway between London and Edinburgh), a river runs quietly and peaceful. People have been here for a long time. This couple from Missouri visited in October 2016. There are several abbey ruins on our bucket list and we chose to visit the National Trust site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, near Harrogate. Because there’s a friendly antique centre full of our kind of treasure at Harrogate! It’s the Harrogate Antique Centre at Crimple Hall. Anyway back to the story….

A view from the altar down into the nave.

A view from the altar down into the nave.

Thirteen monks were given land in the valley, where the River Skell runs, in 1132. Here, they founded an abbey. Originally part of the Benedictine order, the monks switched their alliance to the Cistercian Order. The massive abbey grew, built from the white sandstone that lined the valley. Many workers laboured for years. Wood buildings went up and then, down, replaced by marble and stone. The storeroom, cellars and latrines were thoughtfully situated over the river, to make use of the cool river temperature. The abbey became one of the most wealthy abbeys in England.

Chapel of Nine Altars.

Chapel of Nine Altars.

Philip at the base of Abbot Huby's Bell Tower, next to the ruins of the Church's choir.

Philip at the base of Abbot Huby’s Bell Tower, next to the ruins of the Church’s choir.

Storeroom

Storeroom

A mill was built next to the river and provided a source of income for the Order. As the conflict between Henry VIII and the Roman Catholic Church ramped up, most abbeys fell to the crown. The Fountains Abbey was abolished in 1539 by edict from the crown. The little mill on the river was saved due to the income it produced. It is the oldest 12th Century cornmill in all of England. It was still operating in the mid-20th century and it is the only original complete building on the grounds.

One of the many ruins you can explore. This was in the area that was the Abbot's residence and dormitories.

One of the many ruins you can explore. This was in the area that was the Abbot’s residence and dormitories.

As the abbey’s land was divided between important families, two massive country manor houses were built on adjoining land. The Fountains Hall was a Jacobean House. Construction began on it in 1598 and builders used stone from the abbey ruins. The other mansion, Studley Royal began in 1452. A medieval mansion, it burned down twice and was rebuilt. Now, it is a private home. The Studley Royal owners used the river and began to make plans for a Water Garden. The work on digging the canals, lakes and ponds began in 1716 and they still exist today. A folly temple tempts the visitors a little further down the path. It’s easy to imagine characters from a Jane Austin novel strolling around the ponds. In 1767, the owner of Studley Hall bought the Fountains Abbey estate, once again combining the estate, and the abbey ruins became a focal point for the water garden. The work on the Water Gardens foreshadowed the landscape work by Capability Brown and set the stage for known English landscape gardens.

Pond at the Water Garden with statue.

Pond at the Water Garden with statue.

The Folly at the Water Garden.

The Folly at the Water Garden.

View of the abbey, as seen from the path at Studley Royal water garden.

View of the abbey, as seen from the path at Studley Royal water garden.

Nowadays, tourists visit the river and the valley. If they are like us, they miscalculate the acres as they walk down from the visitors centre, past flocks of sheep, to the ruins and onto the water gardens, descending down into the valley. Distracted by the quiet beauty and the sounds of the pheasants rooting in the underbrush. Then, they are suddenly aware how long the path is once they start back to the car. A 10 minute walk down to the river and a 45 minute walk back up hill. We highly recommend you visit the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We had great fun exploring the ruins and imagining the quiet life of the devout monks. Lots of rooms and ruins to discover!

Pheasants!

Pheasants!

On a side note: Near our hometown of Springfield Missouri is Assumption Abbey. The Trappist monks, who reside there, are part of the Cistercian Order. The same order that lived in Fountains Abbey. According to Damian, our substitute while we shop, they make the best fruitcake ever! Something for your Christmas 2017 list.

 

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A Christmas Mouse in Our House

We want to take a moment and wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas! Thank you for following our adventures and information on the store. Our stories will continue into 2017 and we can’t wait to share them with you.

In October, we visited England for the second time in 2016. Besides our usual shopping in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, we spent some time in Yorkshire; particularly York, Harrogate and Fountains Abbey.

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Red House Antiques. The best centre we found in York.

We’d been to York before as tourists, but this visit we focused on shopping for the store. We visited a few antique centres; nothing special to report. Prices were higher than we are accustom to paying. We were in York on a Saturday and so were thousands of other visitors.

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Part of the wall that surrounds York. We walked part of the wall on this visit.

At the end of our visit, we found what Philip was really seeking….a candy store. In fact, there were two directly across from each other and he shopped both. At Cocoa & Sweet, he scored big. Located in a Georgian building in a lane across from the York Minister (which is amazing!), Cocoa & Sweet features high-end chocolates, either bars or local chocolates from a case. It’s a beautiful little shop with enticing displays. We bought Montezuma bars (from West Sussex) for gifts for the family back home and Philip chose several wonderful local pieces from the case.

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Cocoa & Sweet York.

Theresa found the cutest Sugar Mice. According to the owner, Sugar Mice are a Christmas tradition in England. They are given to family members in their stockings. Traditionally, they are white or pink and have string tails. We’re guessing that they are purchased at candy stores or made at home. We purchased a few because who wouldn’t want a sugar mouse in their stocking? What a fun tradition!

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600+ Items New in the Store!

The complete shipment from our October shopping trip will be in the store Tuesday, December 13.

We took over 1/3 of the items yesterday, another 1/3 today and the remainder tomorrow morning. Stop by any time! And help the big man in the red suit find something extra special for you.

Philip is super excited about all the new inventory and he’d love to show it to you. 

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Preparing for the Holiday Season

We will have limited hours October 4-8 and we will be closed October 10-14 to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. 

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Philip Accepts Counter-Offers!

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The July Sale is in its last week and it’s time to move some inventory. So, Philip’s ready to accept your counter-offer on sale items! Come on in and make a tempting offer and watch Philip grin and bear it!!!

Think about all the Christmas presents you can buy this week at ridiculous prices. We’ve heard we have the best English antiques in town.

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