Strange things spotted in antique stores

I attended a conference about scenic byways a couple weeks ago with my co-founder in the Historic Michigan Road Association. The conference was on the National Road in Cambridge City and Richmond here in Indiana. I got to really luxuriate in the National Road in eastern Indiana! I’ll share lots of photos and stories in posts to come.

But one afternoon during the conference he and I hooky so we could visit the many antique stores along US 40 across Wayne County. We found some unusual things and I thought they’d be fun to share.

This is an actual box of fuse plugs. The slogan on it makes it look more like a Wacky Package or a parody from MAD Magazine.


One shop had lots of old drug boxes and bottles. Apparently a medication called Alcoban is still made. Its active ingredient is disulfiram, which causes you to become physically ill when you drink.


You know you’ve reached middle age when toys from your childhood start showing up in antique stores.


I guess an old teacup isn’t a strange thing to find in an antique store, but I like this photograph so here it is anyway. I love a beautiful teacup. If I could, I’d rescue every lost teacup I find and bring it home. But I don’t drink very much tea, and storage would soon become a problem.


But I promised strange things, so here you go: the strangest, creepiest thing I saw in the antique shops.

Creepy heads


8 responses to “Strange things spotted in antique stores”

  1. J P Avatar

    The things that can evade a trash can over decades are ever fascinating to me.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There’s a market for everything! The problem is, finding it.

  2. DougD Avatar

    Oh dear, I think we had those exact blocks too.

    Those creepy heads make me think of my mother in law’s collector doggie plates. I someday plan to make a concrete patio, and frisbee those plates into the cement mixer so they can become part of it. Someone needs to do that with the creepy heads.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  3. analogphotobug Avatar

    At least the heads are ceramic and not real shrunken heads. But makes you wonder what they were thinking?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      IKR? Just strange.

  4. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Ahhhh the things you can find in antique stores. And I totally agree with you about tea cups. Very intriguing photos!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s fun to move in close to stuff like this with my lens!

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