|Emporium Antiques & Collectibles|
|HOURS: Wed-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, Mon 10am-4:30pm. Tues closed. 209 984-0262, fax 984-0258. |
18180 Main St, Jamestown.
The building was originally built in 1897 as a department store by C. O. Wilson and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From 1898 through the late 1930s the store was "Arendt's Emporium", owned by Mose Arendt. It was a department store selling "yard goods", linens, household items, and clothing. The mezzanine had a toy department. The store was described by a local newspaper in 1909 as "One of the finest clothing and furnishing goods houses in the county" with products sold at a fair price and with "no shoddy goods". The architecture is in the Eastlake Victorian style.
From 1912 to 1924 the building also housed the county's telephone exchange.
In the late 1930s Jake Barendregt, the grandfather of the present owner, bought the building and moved his grocery store into it. ("Barendregt" is pronounced "barn-right". The name is Dutch.) He eventually moved the grocery store across the street, where it still exists, but is no longer owned by the family.
Since the late 1970s various members of the Barendregt family have had an antique store here. In 2002 the building had a major structural rennovation, including a new front and anchoring to allow the building to last another 100 years.
THE PRESENT STORE
The present store, owned by Mallory Barenregt, was established in 1996. It has a wood-burning stove in the center of the store that keeps it warm in winter. Most items in the store are 80-100 years old.
The store includes a coffee bar and a large number of antiques, with only some listed here.
Full-service coffee bar, with hot and cold (ice and blended) expresso drinks. Coffee is Illy Expresso.
American Oak early 1900s and Victorian 1890s. Dressers, armoires, chairs, high chairs, chests of drawers, Hoosier kitchen cabinets. marble-topped tables and washstands. Copper bathtub. Large free-standing mirrors. Seamstress mirror. Lamps, many converted to electricity from gas or kerosene. Hurricane lamps. Whale oil and miner lamps. Neon clocks, schoolhouse clocks, mantle clocks. Barnometer clock. Sculptures--chrome & ivory. Screens & curtains.
China, plates, bowls, service dishes, tin trays, teapots & cups, cream & sugar. Victorian and Depression glassware. quilts, coffee mill, hand mixers and grinders. Animal, human, and mythical figures (e.g., elves) made of porcelein, plastic, brass, copper & wood, incl. Bryer collectors figures. Chinese vases and figurines. Hand-carved wooden pig. Pottery. Drug bottles. Door knobs, hanging fixtures, door stops, tools. Pickle casters (1880), Nautical candlesticks, Napolianic vases. Tin cannisters. Tea caddy circa 1850, lemon press, salt box. Japanese enamel utensils, Nippon vases & china. Dial telephones. Lemonade set. Flour sifters, ice scrapers & grinders, arcade coffee grinder. Beer steins, mustache cups.
TOYS AND RECREATION
Toy Trains: Lionel and Marx, standard gauge. Model cars. Rock specimens. Dustless crayons. View masters & discs. Auditron portable radio. Guns, rifles, hunting knives, pen knives, swords, fishing reels, fishing lures. Musical instruments.
JEWELRY AND PERSONAL ITEMS
Bracelets, necklaces, watch bobs, earrings, turquoise, rings, pins, watches, cigar felts, cosmetic cases. Costume jewelry from 1940s and 50s. Native American artifacts incl. dolls, figurines, miniature snow shoes. Walking sticks. Fountain pens & holders. 1930s flashlight. Hats, boots & shoes, umbrellas. Tobacco plug cutter.
Prints by Maxfield Parrish and R. Atkinson Fox. Baby prints, landscapes.
ARCADE AND COMMERCIAL ITEMS
Arcade games, fortune teller, weight machine (with horoscope), carousel horse, carousel tin panels. Slot machines, commercial scales, Toledo "Fan" scale. Advertising signs and items. Wooden molds for making iron and steel industrial pieces. Mining artifacts & miner's light. 1870s assayer set. Advertising slides from 1920s & 30s--used in early movie theatres.