My apologies for the delay this week! Throwback Thursday turned into Flashback Friday, thanks to my vacation, but I couldn’t resist sharing some fun antique pieces from Nevada!
I think I’ve mentioned my family vacations here once before , when I talked about how much history has always peaked my interest. When I was young my family usually stopped at museums to appreciate some of the history that made where we were visiting unique. When I booked my anniversary trip for Lake Tahoe, I immediately knew there would be some great old pieces to share. I actually visited here when I was in the 6th grade. We toured the historical streets of Virginia City, and learned all about what made Western culture and mining something all its own.
Though this time, the season made things slightly less accessible, my husband and I certainly have enjoyed our time, and I found some great pieces to share.
While we browsed the local shops in Tahoe, I had to stop and do a double take. A National Cash register sat atop a counter, looking similar to the one that sits in the office at Fitterer’s. I asked the clerk what he knew about the slightly smaller and more rusted machine. Though he wasn’t sure of the year , the details are very much the same as ours built in the early 1900s. This one really made me appreciate our gorgeous register. The working drawers and chimes are something that you really don’t see everyday, an extra special part of working in historic downtown!
If you’re planning a trip over to Ellensburg, or have family coming to visit, be sure to stop by the store! We’ll happily show you the register and tell you about some of its unique past!
My husband and I went into the beautiful town of Virginia City, NV yesterday. Though the fog and Winter conditions slow the activity here, we were able to pop into a few of the open shops. As we passed by a closed antique store, I caught a photo of an old Tiffany lamp, similar to what we carry by Quoizel, but probably much older! An old roll top desk also caught my eye.
The picture below is hard to see, but I enjoyed the “A Christmas Story” window I passed by as well – a favorite among our past designs back at the store!
Murals and historic placards kept us entertained, and I again had to smile at the similarities to our own brick buildings in town.
Finally, I caught a few snapshots of some lovely vintage furniture in the lobby of our condo – such regal pieces ! It was easy to imagine joining Frank or Phillip Fitterer’s for coffee and a conversation on some of these ornate sofas while shopping for furniture 100 years ago!
I hope that you have enjoyed your week as much as I have. If you get a chance to experience Downtown Ellensburg with out of town guests, please do stop by and see us! We’ll tell you about the horse and carriage delivery crew, and show you some beautiful current furniture too, of course!
P.S. I found another artifact! A video store, tucked up in the mountains. I guess they do still live!