Special news from Paxton: Robin's Homespun Dreams has acquired a new, large building for a second location.
It will be known as Robin's II — Country Crossroads Antiques, and owner Robin McNish's new building at 221 S. Market St. will carry country to formal antiques, primitives, handmade furniture and decorative accessories, aged architectural, vintage home and garden, homemade natural soaps and lotions, candles and seasonal needs.
The new venture will feature six vendors with established backgrounds in the antique marketplace:
— Randa and Jim Davis, owner of Sangamon River Primitives;
— Anna Mae Merriman, Golden Gate;
— Ronda McCormick Kesler, The Chicken Coop;
— Beverly Birkey Potts, Early American Thymes;
— Vernon Johnson, The Prairie Woodsman; and
— Ann Stoll, Blossom's Barn, Good Things, Naturally.
The original Robin's Homespun Dreams, 224 S. Market St., will have some new dealers, too:
— Milea Beck Hayes, Flower Girl Vintage;
— Laura Young, Vintage Home Midwest;
— Mary Bowen Shedd, Garden Junker; and
— Stuff in the Ruff room and Victorian Secrets.
The two sites are really just across the street from each other. The new building used to be a bowling alley.
Brad Strebeck also will have an auction at the site, probably once a month. Besides the auction, the banquet hall will hold estate sales on a regular basis.
McNish and her tenants are being very progressive so look for new ideas and different events to happen on a regular basis. If you have some ideas or would like to be a participant in this new venture, give her a call at 722-9125.
If you are into Tonka toys, almost a dozen will be offered at a Kruse auction at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 in Lotus. Also, there are some Buddy L and other toys.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.