(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – Stuff. We all have it and most gearheads collect it without even trying, though some of us do try. Whole I am no hoarder, I have a growing collection of 1/64 diecast that are primarily Johnny Lighting. I don’t keep any in the box. Then there’s my magazines. I have several titles from 1994-2010-ish and a bunch of others scattered over the years. The only constant I’ve kept going is Hot Rod so I am trying, slowly, to complete as much of that title as I can. My crack dealer (guy that regularly sells me old rags) was there. I’d already picked up a dozen or so when we saw him. Last year we needed to borrow a dolly to carry out boxes full. He turned on the charm and almost had me hooked into a ‘heck of a deal’ for at least one large box. I found the strength to resist and only carried an extra two dozen or so away. Kryptonite.
Anyway, this third and final gallery is a representation of the ‘stuff’ to be found. We saw a LOT of automotive cologne bottles. I must have missed the fad of turning old sewing machines into tractors and such. Get a look at that Oldsmobile salesman briefcase complete with literature inside. Further down you’ll see an old dentist’s office chair setup. An old Montgomery Ward’s outboard might make for a cool conversation piece. In my hometown we had Ward’s and Sears catalog stores. I remember the Ward’s catalog being about 2 inches thick. There were also a lot of old phones available in nearly every shape, size and color. I like folk art and in here is a candle holder made of bottle caps. How about a bin full of anti-tank mortars…? Not sure what we could do with them, but it might be fun figuring it out. Not pictured is the old-time (likely early 70s) picnic basket my son snagged to use for a tool box in his car. Later we found some old bowling ball bags (his original idea for a tool bag) and he got those. I suppose the picnic basket might actually get used for food once again.
Thanks for following along our adventures.