Open house set for Paxton shops

Open house set for Paxton shops

In the days to come, Robin McNish will have her hands full. She will celebrate her third year in business in Paxton with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1-2.

She now has two stores right across the street from each other called Robin's Homespun Dreams and Robin's Country Crossroads Antiques. The addresses are 221 and 224 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton. She can be reached at 579-1017.

This is her 43rd year in the antiques business.

Sometime between Sept. 22-29, she will be picking with Frank Fritz of the TV show "The Pickers."

She won a contest to do this, and there also is a chance that he may come spend a day in Paxton.

It could not happen to a nicer person. She and Frank both have great personalities, and they should have a ball together picking.

Another celebration

Staley Antiques and More is having a second-birthday celebration (under this ownership) for three days: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1-2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3.

Shopping tip

I received a note and brochure from Blanche Stoller of Monticello. She and her husband, Ed, traveled Interstate 80 across Nebraska and found a really different antique stop out in the country off the interstate, southeast of North Platte.

The place is called Grain Bin Antiques Town and is owned by Lori and Pat Clinch. It consists of 16 Depression-era octagonal grain bins full of antiques.

You can get on the Internet and look for yourself: The address is 10641 S. Old Highway 83 Road, North Platte, Neb. The phone number is 308-539-7401.

Chris Hill recovering

Chris Hill, the former mayor of Tuscola and an antiques dealer with businesses in Tuscola, Atlanta, Ga., and Palm Beach, Fla., had a heart attack on July 2. I talked to him on the phone this week and he is in rehab and doing fine. They should be home in Tuscola soon.

Good antiquing!

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be mailed to 807 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, or emailed to

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