HANCOCK - Due to the enthusiastic response from its first ad, Blast From the Past in Hancock is having a contest.
The antiques, collectables and repurposed goods store is looking for customers to bring in items in three particular categories - local history, most unique and unusual, and old military items. First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded to each winner in each category in the amount of $150, $100 and $50, respectively. The total prize payout is $900.
"If you have the best in all three areas, you could win the whole thing," store owner Al McClellan said.
Antiques and collectibles are seen inside Blast From the Past on Quincy Street in Hancock.
Blast From the Past, located on Quincy Street in the former Crystal Room Lounge, has a reputation as one of the premier buyers of antiques and collectibles in the area and Al said he always encourages customers to check around to be sure they're getting the best price for their treasures.
"But, we feel we will offer the fairest price," he said. "We will treat your treasures with respect and want to find the best possible home for each and every one of them."
Blast From the Past will be running a series of 2-by-2 ads over the next few months "so watch for more information and updates." They will generally appear on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The top items purchased by Blast From the Past will be featured on its website at bfromthep.com.
"There, you the readers, will be able to vote on the items, as well as here in our store," Al said.
Contest rules ask participants be 18 years of age or older. One vote per person.
"We will pay a generous finders-fee for information and leads to buy estates of any size," Al said.
For the contest, local items may include, but are not limited to: dairy, mining, brewery bottles, medicine bottles, soda bottles, crocks/jugs, currency, railroad, souvenir banks, souvenir spoons/plates, etc., copper/silver specimens, copper bowls/sculls, unusual copper specimens, locks/keys, postcards, stocks, documents, books, paintings, local advertising and artifacts.
Military items from all wars may include: medals, uniforms, bayonets, rifles weapons, patches, documents, photos, correspondences, propaganda and POW items.
Unique and unusual items, the older the better, may include: radios, clocks/watches, jewelry, banks, Redwing pottery, signs, auto, gas/oil, nautical, skis, snowshoes, lanterns, oil lamps, railroad, stained glass lamps, motorcycle, sporting, hunting, fishing, and advertising.
Blast From the Past, the newest shop in the area, will buy and sell just about anything.
"While we lean towards antiques and collectibles, we are interested in anything that we feel is desireable and sellable," Al said.
Blast From the Past is located at 308 Quincy St. in Hancock. Winter store hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Additional hours are available by appointment.
Call (906) 281-2675.
"Thank you, and best regards," Al said.
Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Blast From the Past of Hancock. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.