When I walked through the door and stepped into Jake’s Antique and Vintage Mall, I felt like I’d entered the world of eBay without the use of the internet. Rooster discovered this sprawling antique mall online. His new passion is to explore the world of weird and whacky. The one thing you can count on in these establishments is no two shops carry the same merchandise. Jake’s Antique and Vintage Mall is located at 1440 W Winona Ave. In Marion, Indiana had the feel of a never-ending array of previously used items.
What I liked about Jake’s Antique and Vintage Mall
Firstly, I liked Jake’s Antique and Vintage Mall because the merchandise was spread out on a single floor. My bad knee makes it difficult to climb up and down stairs searching for a bargain. I managed to get around all the different booths without too much trouble.
Secondly, Jake’s Antique and Vintage Mall carries a wide variety of items with a nostalgic feel. I found several things that brought back childhood memories.
A replica of the picture of Jesus I looked at every Sunday morning at church I attended when I was a child hung at Jake’s Antique and Vintage Mall .
I found a dollhouse exactly like I had when I was ten years old. Playing in the fantasy world of the house with nice rooms and cool furniture became my favorite pastime. I made my Barbies live in there, even though they didn’t fit. I wanted to live in a fancy place like the dollhouse when I grew up.
Thirdly, The assortment of interesting items found at Jake’s Antiques and Vintage Mall made the afternoon an adventure into the past.
And lastly, I enjoyed visiting the backroom of this amazing shop. The room filled with odds and ends is where all the unusual items are found.
A bear trap proved to be one of the interesting pieces of merchandise discovered at Jake’s Antiques and Vintage Mall. I had to ask myself, who would want to go out and trap a bear? I say leave the bears alone.
Two of those singing fish hung on the wall in the backroom at Jake’s Antiques and Vintage Mall. They aren’t going home with me.
A fortune-telling machine caught my interest. We could all use some good luck in 2021.
I found an entire box filled with Pillsbury Dough Boys.
They even had an old jukebox at Jake’s Antiques and Vintage Mall. I remember putting money in a slot as a teenager at the local diner. We thought we were cool because we listened to our favorite songs while we ate.
Rooster found himself an old payphone. For those too young to remember, payphones could be found in many public places before the cellphone. You slid coins into the front of these gadgets, so you could make a call when you were away from home. In the old days, people had what is now referred to as landlines. They were a necessity back in the dark ages if you wanted to make a call. Some people were lucky enough to have a party line. You could listen in on the conversation of strangers. It was sort of like trolling on social media. Of course, they could also listen to you. And, you couldn’t make your important call until they finished talking. If you needed to call an ambulance, you couldn’t do it unless the other party freed up the line.
Jake’s Antique and Vintage Shop is a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The store carried a lot of interesting merchandise. I highly recommend it for those of us with bad knees. Don’t forget to stop by the backroom. They have the most interesting stuff back there. (I’m still wondering about who would want to buy a bear trap.) I wish Long days and pleasant nights to my fellow bargain hunters. May you find the very best deals in 2021.
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