Sunday, July 13, 2014

Antique Archaeology - Nashville

We love to watch the television show Antique Archaeology and last year we drove to LeClaire, Iowa to see their original store and do a little geocaching along the way.  I did a blog post about it here.

 

They have a second store in Nashville, Tennessee and I added a visit there to my list of things to do on our recent trip to Nashville.  I did a blog post about some of that trip last week. 
 
The Nashville store is housed in the former Marathon Automobile plant.  The building itself is a gorgeous two and three story affair made of rustic red brick and galvanized gutters, with original logos and artwork on its face.  Marathon Motor Works was in existence for only a few short years, but during that time they were well known for their unusual practice of engineering and building every car and its components completely in house.  Along the way they developed a reputation for creating cars that were durable and of good quality.  Unfortunately, due to poor management and financial decisions, the company rapidly fell into decline and ceased to exist.  To read more about this short lived innovator, go here.
 

The building itself is a beautiful choice for Antique Archaeology's second location.  It's several blocks off the main drag and we actually drove thru a residential area to get there.  The street and parking lot were lined with cars and there was a steady flow of people going in and out of the store.



Inside was packed, floor to ceiling, with items of all kinds.  Since we are avid fans of the show, we saw several things in the store that we had seen purchased on the show.  Prices are a bit high and we saw more people browsing than actually buying.   There are also many Antique Archaeology souvenir items for sale, like books, tee shirts, mugs etc. 



For anyone who likes to browse antique shops and poke through signs and bikes, vintage clothing, Civil War memorabilia, lighters, lamps, and all things rusty, well then this is the place for you.



My favorite item was the vintage gas pump.  I liked the size, the red color and the rusted exterior of it.


 
We didn't buy anything, but it was great fun to go through the store and check everything out.  Afterwards we grabbed a geocache outside the building called Nashville Pickers.  It was a quick and easy geocache and now we've found a geocache at both locations.

Next up is a blog post about The Country Music Hall of Fame, so please come back.

17 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun place, but I wonder too how much they sell with their high prices. xo Laura

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    1. Yes, I wondered about that too. It was very fun to walk around. I would have bought a few things if prices had been lower.

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  2. That looks like a cool store!! Thanks for sharing Kim!!

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  3. I would love to walk through this store, too. I still watch this show sometimes and like the rusty gold! Hugs!

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    1. Diane, this place would be right up your alley. xo

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    2. hi i have lot of antique item for sale if any want to purchase contact me email xcelservices@hotmai.com and tell us whats you want in antique ..we giving you our store
      thanks for business with us ...

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  4. I'd never heard of that show ... but it sounds like something Tom and I'd both enjoy. Another spot I'm thinking would be such a hoot in which to work!

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    1. Myra, you have to look and see if you can find it on tv. The name of the show is "American Pickers." It's on the history channel.

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  5. I've never watched that show, but the store sure looks interesting!

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    1. It's called "American Pickers" and its on the history channel. I think it would interest you.

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  6. What a cool place! Wow, I'll bet you had a lot of fun browsing through that building.

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    1. I could easily have spent all day there. :-)

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  7. Love that show. What a great building, bummer everything was so pricey!

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  8. Hi Kim! Oh, that looks like a cute shop to visit. Love your snap at that old car. You do have fun. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I really appreciate you - I missed you too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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