A bit of Hollywood

Most people have seen period films that are populated with vintage cars. This 1937 Packard, in original condition, is one of those cars. It was in the 2001 Jim Carey film, “The Majestic.”

Neighbors Sharon and Steve, antiques collectors, restorers, and dealers for over 30 years, are no slouches when it comes to depth and breadth in their collection of vintage. From signage and product boxes to a 90 year-old working refrigerator and this Packard, they have a representative sampling, most of it beautiful and fascinating.

Entertainment from an earlier era

The antiques collection of our neighbors Sharon and Steve provides a beautifully restored and curated look into Americana of previous eras. I’m familiar with references to Wurlitzers but I can’t recall having seen more than a few.

In addition to yesterday’s Edison player, Steven and Sharon also have a Victrola, a gorgeous stereoscope viewer, and a radio from an era where they came in wood cases.

Have you been to a casino lately? The typical experience is a near overload of lights and sound. These three slot machines are frozen in a period that could barely imagine today’s experience. The one on the right, by the way, is also a mint dispenser, the candy providing a handy way to legitimize gambling during prohibition.

The collectors

I know I’m biased but I think I have some great neighbors. The more of them I meet the more I discover fascinating people and interesting lives. Take Sharon and Steve. They’ve been collecting, restoring, and selling antiques for 37 years. This was a sideline to their full time jobs, mind you. I had the privilege of viewing their personal collection recently.

This is one of several beautiful old Victrola type players they own, a trademarked “Thomas A. Edison.”

The collection includes antique cylinders that were used in the era when this unit was the iPod of the day.

There were so many gorgeous blasts from the past I’ll be showing you more of the unique collection in the next few days.

Whimsy Park

The temporary former location of the Sequim Farmer’s Market has taken on a new life. “Whimsy Park” is something of a popup park that has transformed a previously bare lot on Washington Street. A mural that was incomplete several months ago is now enhancing a space with picnic tables, a small stage, and straw bale seating.

Landscaping has been installed and wood chips soften the look of formerly bare soil. The space is inviting, colorful, and far more welcoming than it previously was.