Bruce and Bobbie Cox, owners of Antiques Unlimited I and II, have collected antiques for more than 30 years. "We started buying things to set up housekeeping. We'd pack a lunch and go to country auctions," explains Bruce. Having accumulated "lots of stuff", Bruce and Bobbie opened their first shop at High Ridge, Missouri, where Bruce has been a professional firefighter for 42 years.
The Coxes moved to Hermann in the early 1980s. At the time, Bruce published a trade newspaper called Antique Peddler. Bruce says, "That's how I found Hermann. I used to go to auctions, sell ads, and distribute the paper in Hermann. I just liked the town. I said to Bobbie, 'If we ever want to leave High Ridge, I think I found a place I'd like to live.' " In 1982, they purchased an historic music hall that served as a Baptist Church to set up shop. In 2002, they moved the business to a remodeled barn next door.
Antiques Unlimited I, Home of Ye Olde Fire Co., is located at 117 E. Second St. and specializes in antique and modern fire fighting memorabilia including nozzles, toys, helmets, lanterns, extinguishers, pictures, collectibles, and new gift items that Bruce has been collecting for many years. Some are for sale, some are just to look at. In addition, there is a large inventory of American and European antique furniture and decorator furniture pieces. The shop is open by chance or appointment. For information, call 573-486-2148. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In April of 2004, Bruce and Bobbie opened Antiques Unlimited II at 205 E. First St. The shop is a co-op featuring several dealers selling early country vintage items including glassware, stoneware, miscellaneous and collectibles. Shipping is available. The shop is open from 10-4 Monday through Saturday and noon-4 on Sunday. For information, call 573-486-8860.