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Everything old is new again!

Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at 10:19 PM

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Picture reruns!! This red lamp beckons visitors into the Red Door Antique store in Delta, Missouri, where guests can get lost in the past! The store is located on Highway 25 between Advance and Dutchtown. The building, once a hardware store and post office, is a history lover's delight, made all the more fascinating by Cook's collection of memorabilia.
Last weekend my sister and I discovered to our delight that the antique store in Delta, Mo. is under new management! I had a feeling something was different, when I saw the large flower pots of red petunias out front.

And oh, what a difference a woman's touch makes! Stepping through the doorway into the old hardware store/post office is like going through the portals of a time machine. The glass along the east side caught my eye first, of course, but there's so much to look at that, as my friend Emma said, "We'll have to come back! I can't take it all in at once." We were on overload by the time we left!

Wandering through aisles of vintage clothing (love the hats!), decorative boxes, old dressers like my grandmother had, and glittering jewelry, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the rush of memories from the past.

Ellie Cook fell in love with the old building, which she bought in January and opened in April of this year. It had been a rough collection of "stuff" before that, with an occasional auction, I think. Ellie has turned it into art! Items are arranged with a keen eye for the play of colors and textures.

As if the sights aren't enough, there's the sound - Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Elvis Presley - the music from the past echoes through the building from the 33 1/3 LP's on a vintage entertainment center. I could lose myself in that place for days...

As I understand it, Red Door Antiques used to be in the old Scopus School in that town somewhere north of here...Bollinger County?? (Ah, I see another road trip coming up in the near future, as I've never been to Scopus!)

My next project is to find out more about the fascinating old building in Delta! I need to find someone who can give me some background on this former Kelly Hardware Store.

As an added mystery, Ellie has a tintype photo that she found back in one of the post office cubbyholes when she was cleaning. It's the picture of a fairly well-to-do African-American couple. Who knows how long it's been there?

I wish I could post more than one photo at a time, because the pictures are beautiful! I'll change them out, one a day, until I post them all.

Hidden treasure is closer than you think!


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Aha!!! It's the LADY IN RED up there on the wall!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 11:26 AM

I stopped by there yesterday. Ellie has changed out the windows. Now she has a collection of old nutcrackers in one side. Things look different every time I go in, but the mannekin is still up on that back wall, and I guess no one can fit into the size 1 wedding dress yet!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 8:31 AM

Madeline, - My Grandfather had a sawmill in Delta during the years of 1920, 21, and 22 and I visited Delta a few times during that period. As I remember this brick building that now houses this wonderful display of antiques was there then and I was in this building a few times. It was a general store then, and I remember that the owner had a very large dog that stayed in the store. This dog was so large that I could crawl on his back and ride him. I was about age 6 at that time. This was a "Mom & Pop" store and their name was Huse, or Huges

-- Posted by paulcorbin on Thu, Nov 13, 2008, at 7:47 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Thanks for the information, Paul! I'll check on that family. Was the post office located in the store when you knew it?

How wonderful to have seen all the things you've seen!!!

This seems to me to be the perfect use for an old building like this. Rather than letting those wonderful old historic structures fall into disrepair or be torn down, we need to find creative ways to use them into the future.

I hope this business thrives.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 5:37 PM

My wife always says we should stop there every time we go to Cape, but it always ends up being too late we we come back. I guess we are going to have to make a special trip soon to see what they have.

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 1:48 PM

I love Red Door, too, and when I drive to Cape "the old way" I try to allow enough time to drop in and see if there's something I can't live without.

I like the way she usually has her door sitting open, as if to beacon you into this past tense world!

-- Posted by lovebooks on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 1:31 PM

MD

Scopus is in the hollers of Bollinger county. My mom's family are scattered around up there. My Uncle Raymond lives twixt and tween Marble Hill and Scopus. I loved roamiing the hills with Granny when I was a kid. She was a wealth of information. I only wish I had truly paid more attention to all the wonderful things she told me about the plants and trees. Her mission was to look after the "old folks" in the hills, most of whom were younger than she was. How I loved those days and how I still miss Granny after all these years. Have fun exploring, it's beautiful country up there.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 11:26 PM


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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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