CLOVIS — The Prairie Peddler, an antique retailer in downtown Clovis, is closing just after being a fixture in the neighborhood due to the fact 1983.
The retailer is closing so owner Ettie Hardcastle, 89, can be with household in Lubbock, in accordance to Robert Rhodes, son-in-legislation to Ettie. Hardcastle’s spouse Sam died in 2012.
Karen Rhodes, daughter of the owners, and partner Robert shared what they bear in mind about the shop on the southwest corner of Major and To start with streets in Clovis.
The commencing inventory of The Prairie Peddler arrived from her parents’ antique selection.
Karen said the Hardcastles came to Clovis from Cleburne, Texas in 1965 simply because of her father’s occupation with the Santa Fe Railroad.
Hardcastle retired as a roundhouse foreman from the railroad in 1983 immediately after functioning for the enterprise for 39 many years.
“He was just much too young to retire,” Karen said of her father. “So they took the antiques they’d been collecting for decades and started off a retailer on Pile Avenue, appropriate behind where the school administration building is.”
It was 1987 when the Hardcastles moved into what experienced after been the Salvation Military thrift retail outlet at Major and First streets.
“It experienced once been the Raton Creamery,” Robert mentioned.
Karen reported her mothers and fathers collected stock for the keep a selection of techniques. A single process was via their traveling, Karen stating her mom and dad traveled east and west, from coastline to coastline.
“Sometimes they’d just close up the shop and go touring,” Karen explained.
“And in some cases they experienced their daughter appear in and run it,” Robert reported.
The Hardcastles gathered inventory at auctions, garage product sales and estate product sales.
Karen mentioned men and women would call the Hardcastles and give to sell their estates to them. She remembers in certain an estate in Hobbs her moms and dads purchased that had a good deal of Victorian furniture.
Karen remembers her mothers and fathers would buy estates, pack almost everything up and even thoroughly clean up the residence immediately after every thing experienced been moved out.
Karen talked of items in the retailer that ended up considerably from where they seemed to belong.
“One time they had a cranberry harvester,” she said. “We’re a extended way from a cranberry bog listed here.”
Karen explained there were items they identified as “whatzits,” items the Hardcastles obtained and they experienced no plan what they ended up.
Robert is struck by a extremely substantial piece of home furniture the Hardcastles picked up in south Texas.
He described a massive display screen cabinet that came from a jewellery retail outlet declaring it is about 16 feet extended and 8 to 10 feet higher. The big cupboard came in a quantity of segments and every single one particular weighed “a lot.”
“I’m happy I was not about the day they moved it in the retailer,” Robert mentioned.
The Hardcastles weren’t set off by home furnishings that was damaged. Karen mentioned her father had a workshop in back of The Prairie Peddler in which her father would do the job on items and make them sellable.
“It seemed he’d rather be back in the workshop than in the retail store,” Karen stated. “He was a jack of all trades.”
The two Rhodes stated it’s unfortunate to see the retail store closing.
“But it is acquired to transpire,” Karen reported.
What is to occur to the stock? The Rhodes claimed they would be getting a sale very last 7 days, then another sale in a several weeks.
They explained the creating is for sale far too but they have not shown or advertised it however.
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