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New life in Hancock

October 12, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK -When you were little and went to grandma's or Auntie Em's, do you remember all the cool old stuff they had?

When you come to our store we want it to feel like a Blast From the Past.

Al McClellen and his wife Rhonda, along with Al's sister Karen Lanctot and her husband Denny, opened the store in the former Crystal Room Lounge.

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Photo courtesy Mark Dice

"We really want to be the premier buyers of local collectibles - bottles, old post cards, railroad and mining types of things," Al said. "We'll pay top dollar for those."

Blast From the Past Antiques Collectables and Repurposed Goods is the kind of store customers could easily spend a half a day simply browsing the unique items Al and his business partners have been collecting for years. Kitchen wood ranges, antique cash registers, an old soapbox derby car, rag rugs, furniture, wicker items, and other goods fill the 2,000 square feet of floor space.

"Right here, this is a Spectro-Chrome machine," he said, pointing to a blue metal box attached to a metal stand. "This is considered 'Quack Medicine,' and we would love to find more of these types of things."

Items unique to the local area are what fascinate Al the most, like the soapbox derby car with "Kirkish" painted on its side.

"1962 was the last time it was used," Al said. "The kids used to build them and race them."

Bottles from Bosch and Haas brewing companies fill the glass checkout counter, where there is a display of local souvenirs.

"There's a lot of this stuff around," he said. "A lot of times people don't know what it is so they end up throwing it away."

Other unique finds include old trunks, safes, antique scales, copper ingots and a 1936 Johnson Seahorse boat motor crate.

"The cool thing is the motor is still in there," Al said. "To have something in tact from 1936 is pretty cool and there's probably only a dozen or so of them in existence."

Al said they will purchase entire estates, even the home with its contents "if that's the only way we can acquire the items we want."

And, while Blast From the Past is not to be considered a consignment shop, they will do select consignment.

Al said they would prefer to buy the items outright.

"Condition is important and it depends on what it is and how rare it is," he said. "I like cool, unusual things."

What customers may not realize, Al said, is two separate stores are located in the red and yellow building.

"We have the east left side and on the west right side is Jim Tourtillot, who opened Oddities," he said. "Jim and I have been friends for years and his unique talents and collection make for a good blend."

Oddities offers comic books, exotic mounts, fishing and trapping items and general antiques.

"We kind of draw on each other," Al said. "It's a nice fit."

Blast From the Past Antiques Collectables and Repurposed Goods is located at 308 Quincy St. in Hancock. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Blast From the Past Antiques Collectables and Repurposed Goods of Hancock. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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