Whenever you shop antiques and flea markets you will likely spot pieces from Avon’s ruby red Cape Cod dinnerware collection. Produced in the 1970s, the quality of the glass and its rich deep color make this a pattern that’s irresistible to collectors. I don’t collect it myself, but maybe I should; it’s a stunner. It’s also easy to find—so easy, in fact, that I often feel like something is missing if I enter a shop and don’t see it. Since it is such a regular at the shops I visit, I decided to make a mascot of it for Circa 19xx. Meet Alvon! He’s a 9″ Avon Cape Code dinner plate, and he loves antiquing as much as I do!
One of my favorite things to do is visit antique shops. For me it’s not so much about finding things to buy; it’s more about stepping into a different time and wondering about the histories of people’s stuff. I’ll look at a vase or an old chair and imagine its heydey when it was new and had pride of place in someone’s home. I’ll wonder, then, how that same piece came to be shuffled within a stack of dusty old artifacts in the corner of an antiques shop. That’s quite a journey, lasting from one era to the next.
What follows are some of my favorite local (and not so local) shops. I’ll continue to add to this page as I make new discoveries. If you know of really great shops I should check out, contact me! Contact_Me@circa19xx.com.
The Antique Emporium of Alma
322 Missouri Avenue
Alma, Kansas 66401
Antique Emporium of Alma
People sometimes ask me which shop, of all those I frequent as a customer, is my favorite; this is it. The Antique Emporium of Alma is in a great location. Alma is nestled in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. But, the shop itself has everything I’m looking for: ephemera, books, furniture, lace, decor, all very tastefully arranged and reasonably priced. The best part: the merchandise really is antique. I wrote an entire post about this great shop.