Being a picker tends to bring me to other places: different states, cities and everywhere in between. The thing I love most about picking is that sometimes, you actually get to see other people’s items that are now available to sell to the collector or anyone who appreciates an amazing piece of history.
I had an opportunity to visit a place called Uncommon Objects in Austin recently that I would like to tell you about. As I walked down South Congress street in Austin with Elizabeth Doland, a storefront that caught my eye. Even though they did not open until 11 a.m., I knew I could not leave the street until I looked inside.
It was an amazing blast, from the store’s inviting windows to the limitless amount of history and artifacts inside. From the ceilings to the floor, I saw everything I have ever wanted to touch and see. Each piece of history seemed to jump off the shelves and tell you a story, from childhood memories to ancient artifacts.
I asked Elizabeth to give me her thoughts about this unique store. “At first when you walk in, it feels like a quirky little antique shop,” she said. “But as you’re walking around, each little area becomes another place in a different time. So many random things to look at and explore; half the time you’re not even sure what they are. Drawers full of random old photos, bowls full of keys, a pig oiler…still not sure what that is! This place is like walking through a timeline that went on vacation. You’re intrigued, confused, and thrilled all at once. And that is fun.”
Wow, that was an amazing vision! As we walked through the store that was packed with shoppers, I realized I would really love to see this in my hometown. It was not only a unique shopping experience but an actual, ever-changing museum that you can actually touch and feel and learn from. I do plan to go back very soon and maybe get a chance to talk to the owner a bit to get the story behind such an amazing place.
Their website is uncommonobjects.com and they have been featured in various publications. On your next trip to Austin, make sure you put Uncommon Objects on your list. As for me, I will make sure that I revisit and make this a stop every chance I get. This store makes me appreciate the way we are preserving history. Even one small simple paper wrapper can tell a story, it’s just how we share that story so that history can live on through us. It’s a huge word. I cannot wait to see what the future holds in my adventures to come.