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Treasure Hunting in Hermann
It's been said that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Finding just the right treasure is what antique collecting is all about. For some, collecting is a passion. Like eating peanuts--you just can't stop. Collecting antiques is said to be a passion with a payoff since many are purchased because of their monetary value.
By definition, an antique is an object that is at least 100 years old. Some are family heirlooms that have been handed down through the generations, while others are purchased items that evoke nostalgia. But, whatever reason people have for collecting and antiquing, both have become top leisure time activities in the United States. Hermann is a destination for antique lovers who will find a wide variety of shops that sell everything from fine quality antiques to flea market bargains. They are listed below.
(You will note an asterisk (*) throughout the newsletter. This indicates a reference to Hermann Hill's 3-Mile Walk. Information about the walk is available on
our web site.)
Antiques Unlimited I & II*
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
Red Barn Antiques is housed in a
barn that was
reconstructed by the owner.
|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.
Susan and Terry Black opened Attic Treasures in October 2004. While theirs is the newest antique shop in Hermann, they are not newcomers to the antique business.
The Blacks have collected antique furniture for years. When they moved to a new home where antiques 'just didn't fit', Susan went to a friend who owned an antique mall and was told that she had enough things to rent a space. Then the Blacks found a location in Washington, Missouri, and started their own shop. After being in business for ten years, the building sold, which prompted the move to Hermann. The Blacks now live in nearby Berger in a home built in the 1890s that is filled with antiques. Susan says, "Antiques get in your blood," and she admits that she hates having a modern dishwasher in her kitchen.
Attic Treasures features antique furniture and a variety of glassware and linens. Other items include new and vintage jewelry and hats. New seasonal items include candles, cards, and gifts. There's even a corner filled with Red Hat Society accessories.
In April, Susan opened Treasure Cafe where she serves a selection of three luncheon entrees from 11-3 Tuesday through Saturday. Desserts and beverages can be purchased anytime during shop hours. Specialty food items also are available.
Attic Treasures is open daily. Hours are noon-4 Sunday and Monday and 10:30-5 Tuesday through Saturday. The shop is located at 115 Schiller St. The phone number is 573-486-4400.
Bargain Basement Antiques & Collectibles* (Upstairs)
Customers at Bargain Basement Antiques often question owner Ruth Findlay about the name. You see, the shop is located on the second floor above Antiques Unlimited II at 205
1/2 E. First St. The name actually comes from the shop she and her husband John had in the basement of their New Haven, Missouri, home for 20 years.
The 13 rooms that comprise Bargain Basement feature 'a little bit of everything'. Each room is full to overflowing with items ranging from primitive furniture to vintage hats to garden items. Visitors will find rockers, chairs, benches, wicker, pictures, new and old quilts of all sizes, a room devoted to things for children, and three rooms of kitchenware. There are fences and gates, walking sticks, crocks, bottles, and usually some stained glass. You get the picture!
The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 1-4, Saturday from 10-4, and most Sundays. If there's something you really want, and the shop is not open, call 573-237-2106 or 573-486-8892.
Carrie and Dodie Williams opened their antique shop at 110 E. First St. in 1989 in a house built circa 1840, one of Hermann's oldest buildings. They became interested in the area when they sold antiques to dealers in and around Hermann.
Countryside is a true antique shop in every sense of the word. The shop features three rooms of refinished country and formal walnut, pine and oak furniture, primitives, quilts, linens, baskets and smalls. On the back porch you'll find things for the yard and seasonal items. There are no reproductions.
The Williams have been in the antique business for 44 years, and Carrie's interest in antiques dates to her childhood. Her parents purchased and restored old homes. In high school, she and a friend attended many sales. "I still love doing it," she says, "and I still have barns full of antiques."
Visitors can stop by the shop on weekends, or by appointment. It is open from 10-4 on Saturday and noon-4 on Sunday. For more information, call 573-486-2039.
Find In Time Antique Mall*
The fun begins as soon as you walk through the door of Find In Time, where visitors are greeted by the sounds of '50s and '60s music. Don Houska, owner of this multi-dealer antique mall, explains that he plays the music for two reasons: he likes it and it is the music of the era of most of his clientele. It's a great place for anyone who is nostalgic for days gone by.
For awhile Don rented space at other malls, but in 2000 he decided to open his own in his hometown. Currently, he rents approximately 4,000 square feet of space to 15 dealers who sell furniture, glassware, china, collectibles, and many items that Don says are just for fun. According to Don, what sets his shop apart from others is the wide variety of items that are offered. In addition to selling antiques, he buys and sells estates.
Find In Time is open from 10-5 daily, except Tuesday, and is located at 220 E. First St. For information, call 573-486-9121 or 573-252-4315.
Pat and Paul Hauke have been in the antique business for 18 years. They developed a fondness for the area while participating in antique shows in Hermann, and moved here from Denver several years ago. Hauke Antiques is in their home at 902 Market St. The shop specializes in Early Americana, with many items dating to the 18th century.
A Virginian by birth, Pat has been interested in antiques for more than 50 years. She knew a woman in Portsmouth, Virginia who
"constantly filled my head with antiques. I wouldn't live in a house without antiques," she claims.
When Pat and Paul started their business, Paul was the refinisher and studied how things were made. Pat says she often won't buy anything without Paul examining it first, especially old iron.
The Hauke's shop is open by chance or appointment because they are often on the road. They do 14 shows each year as well as go on buying trips to Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Connecticut. At the shop visitors will find furniture, lighting, pewter, a large selection of stoneware, oil paintings, baskets and more. The Haukes also have two cases of collectibles at Antiques Unlimited II on East First St. You can contact them by phone at 573-486-0254 or at their e-mail address
Heritage Antiques Window Shoppe*
The shop is just that -- a window filled with antiques at the Heritage Real Estate office at 200 E. First St.
Olan and Linda Stemme have bought and sold antiques for years and furnished their 1870s German Federal home and several businesses with them. They specialize in oak and walnut furniture from the Victorian era. Many of their items were purchased between Hermann and Florida during driving trips to visit family in the Southeast.
While items at the Heritage Antiques Window Shoppe can be viewed 24/7, interested buyers can get a closer look during office hours from 9-5 or by chance or appointment. If you see something you like and the office is closed, give the Stemmes a call at 573-486-3137.
Pete's Plunder Antiques*
"Why would a classical percussionist from Boston come to Hermann?" is the question Pete Canady, owner of Pete's Plunder Antiques, is often asked. His reply, "To get away from the traffic."Twenty years ago, this professional musician, who has performed with the Boston Ballet, Boston Opera, and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, opened his first shop on a quiet street in Hermann.
|Pete's Plunder at 211 E. First St. is a large shop, and items, mostly dating from the 1870s to 1930s, are nicely displayed. Pete sells formal and early walnut, oak, pine and cherry furniture including wardrobes, dressers, tables, chairs, cupboards, desks, vintage lighting, mirrors, frames, china, prints, clocks, and collectibles. He has a large selection of architectural items for home decorating and repair, like doorknobs, shutters, and lintels. Pete also sells garden accessories.
Antiques on display at Pete's
Plunder on First Street
He's often seen at local auctions and estate sales, and many of the items in the shop are from Hermann-area families. Some of Pete's inventory is available at Antiques Unlimited II, his next door neighbor, and Find In Time Antique Mall across the street.
Pete's Plunder is open daily from 10-4. Pete maintains web site at www.petesplunderantiques.com.
The phone number at the shop is 573-486-3900.
Red Barn Antiques
If you are looking for a pig snooter, a calf weaner, cookware like great-grandmother used, or an authentic Hermann souvenir, then Red Barn Antiques is the place to go. But, be prepared to spend some time because you won't believe how much you're going to see. Items hang from the ceiling and walls, and are piled on tables and countertops and on the floor. And if you don't think there is any rhyme or reason to the way things are displayed, think again. The shop is departmentalized, according to Red Barn owner John Wilding, and he knows where just about everything is. "Unless," he says, "someone has picked something up and not returned it to its proper place."
The antique shop, which opened in 1972, is the youngest aspect of the family's business that includes the Red Barn Craft Shop and a photography studio. When macrame was the craze, the Wildings sold jute and beads they displayed in old crocks at the craft shop. After several people seemed more interested in purchasing the crocks than the macrame supplies, a new business got its start.
John and his dad constructed a barn in 1975 to accommodate the antiques business. They purchased a 100-year-old barn about 20 miles from Hermann, marked all of the pieces, dismantled it, and rebuilt it near the craft shop. It houses an enormous collection of country antiques, mostly smalls, with an emphasis on farm and kitchen-related items.
Visitors will find boxes and barrels from general merchandise stores, as well as flour tins and bushel baskets. There is a large selection of lamp components and chimneys. It is a tool collector's bonanza with items dating to the 1700s. The tool area includes almost 100 years of hay knives and features ice-makers' tools from a by-gone trade. A large part of the inventory includes architectural antiques, parts and pieces. If you need something, check here first. A visit to the shop is like a living history lesson.
The Red Barn is located at the end of West Ninth St. It is open year round, Monday through Saturday, from 10-5:30. If the antique barn is locked, someone in the craft shop will gladly open it. For information, call 573-486-5544.
Stuff and Nonsense*
The name of Joyce Eikermann's shop at 114 E. Fourth St. says it all. The shop features an eclectic mix of antique furniture, collectibles, toys, novelties, books, quilts, linens, jewelry, Christmas decorations, and kitchen gadgets that are new and used. It's like a year-round, indoor flea market with dishes, glassware, puppets, 45 rpm records, and postcards. Downstairs is the discount basement. A visit to this shop is like taking a trip down Memory Lane.
Joyce purchased the building in 1982 and opened J & A's Country Palace, a restaurant and lounge. For health reasons she had to quit the restaurant business in 1994. One Sunday in February, she was sitting in a booth looking out the window and noticed quite a few people walking on the street with nothing to do. That's when she got the idea to open the shop. Two months later, on Tax Day, Stuff and Nonsense was in business.
The shop is open daily from 10-6, but is closed Sundays in winter. For additional information, call 573-486-4444.
The Cajun Invasion
Every summer since 1990, a group of Cajun dancers and musicians from southern Louisiana has traveled 800 miles to Hermann for the annual Cajun Concert on the Hill at
Stone Hill Winery. On the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July, the winery becomes Cajun in every way. Ed Gary and the Louisiana Cajun Aces provide toe-tapping music for seasoned dancers and those willing to try the Cajun two-step, jig and waltz. Cal and Lou Courville, dance instructors from Lafayette, Louisiana, teach the basic Cajun dance steps to ticket holders one hour prior to the start of each day's event. On Sunday, Mardi Gras is celebrated with colorfully clad dancers tossing hundreds of strands of beads to on-lookers during the Mardi Gras parade. A food stand serves up Cajun fare that includes red beans and rice, jambalaya, andouille sausage, and fried catfish.
|Some visitors travel even more miles than the Cajuns to join in the fun. One couple from Westchester County, New York, has made the annual trek since 1994. Dominick and Eleanor Babajko heard about the Cajun Concert in April of 1994 when visiting Lafayette, home to many of the dancers and musicians. It was there they met Cal and Lou and several other Cajun couples on the dance floor of Prejean's Restaurant. "We clicked immediately," says Dominick. "We were then invited to join them at Randol's to do some serious Cajun dancing." That's when they learned of the Hermann event.
Lou and Cal Courville, Cajun dance
instructors from Lafayette, Louisiana
The Babajkos missed the 1995 concert, but were determined to return in 1996. Dominick recalls, "Before the trip
I made some phone calls asking about a nice place to stay right in town --
Hermann Hill came up." They stayed in the
Virginia Seedling Room and liked it so well that they requested the same room for the following year. Unfortunately, it was unavailable so the Babajkos were assigned the
Norton Room. "From this top floor room we have a great panoramic view of the town below, the Missouri River, etc. We love the owners, Peggy and Terry, who always do all they can to make sure we enjoy our stay. They serve super breakfasts." Turns out, Dominick and Eleanor have stayed in the Norton Room every year since 1997.
Dominick and Eleanor Babajko have stayed
at Hermann Hill Inn since 1996.
|In addition, says Dominick, "We have made some great friendships in Hermann, and we're always meeting new friends. One local couple has invited Dominick and Eleanor to attend a 60th birthday bash in Hermann in August. "We were delighted to accept. We'll be staying in the Norton Room again for the weekend of the party."
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn is the Babajko's "home away from home" when they come to Hermann.
A Star-Spangled Fourth of July
Flags will be flying in Hermann on July 4th, many of which were provided by 97-year-old Hermann resident George Johnson. "I like the American flag," says George. It must be true because he purchased more than two dozen of them that fly next to the railroad tracks on Wharf St.* He got the idea while driving past a cemetery in Ames, Iowa, that was lined with American flags.
|The project came about one day when George was sitting
at a park he donated to the community in 1997. "As I looked down Wharf
Street I thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice if I put flags along the fence at
the railroad tracks. They would look so nice and make a nice impression
on people who are riding the trains," George says. After consulting with
railroad and city personnel, he got the go-ahead to purchase the flags.
City workers erected them in 2000, and they have been flying on Wharf
St. ever since, thanks to this generous citizen.
When the townspeople gather at the Riverfront Park on America's Birthday to view the parade, listen to the city band concert and watch the fireworks, they will be greeted by George Johnson's star-spangled banners.
George Johnson's flags fly along Wharf Street .
Hermann Hill Village update
Weather conditions during the month of June were ideal for pouring concrete for Cottage #2 at Hermann Hill Village. Before the concrete flooring was poured, an in-floor heating system was installed. The workers then poured and stamped the concrete floor. Once the floor is in, framing will begin.
Stamped concrete inside a cottage?
To view more photos of our progress, click on the
Hermann Hill Village
August newsletter: Places to visit -- off the beaten path.