Back in '99, Jack and Sandy left the big city and settled down along the Butterfield Overland Stage route in Whitesboro, Texas. Jack didn't take much to farmin' or raisin' cattle and soon began to foller Sandy everywhere she went, slammin' doors n' drawers and tellin' her how to cook proper.
Sandy didn't take too kindly to this, and after sayin "git" a thousand times, went out in '01 and bought a nice yeller lookin' propitty in the middle of downtown Whitesboro. Named it Yellow Front Antiques. She started dudin' the palce up, while Jack started gettin' antiques. We'd bin gettin' personal antiques for over 35 years.
We'd bin eyein' the shop across the street fer a spell, and when it came up fer sale, we bought it in '07. It had been a roller skatin' rink in the Roarin' 20s. the high school kids used to bag their lunch, come down and skate, then run like the dickens to git back to school. J.C. Penney had a store for a spell, and it was a local owned department store in the '40s and '50s. Then it was a Pool Hall for a coupla years. You kin still see the burns on the floor where the cowboy's cigarettes rolled off the tables. Up til we got it, it was a flower shop for over 40 years.
Wal now, it took us nigh on to 15 months to fix that old building up. Jack, Sandy, Troy (our son), Jim (Jack's brother), and Jeff (our nephew and godson) did most of the work. Had to gut the whole thing, and start from scratch. Took down a suspended ceiling to work on the original tin ceiling, put in new furnaces, air conditioners, walls, lights, painted it up real nice. Even took out part of the top floor. Redid the roof and floors too, by gum.
Now the place is bright and shiny, not like so many of those dingy antique places. We take kindly to the many customers who frequent the shop, and stop by to partake in many of the bargains, spin a yarn, or ask fer advice on antiques. As Sandy says "We welcome all who enter here! We love to hear your stories and thank you for hearing ours. Everyday is a gift."
We're situated on the Texas side of Lake Texoma, close to the Hagermann National Wildlife Refuge, where outdoor recreation is the name of the game. If you're in the area, feel free to come by and see us, or give us a call. We're open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and are usually there on Monday. Occasionally, we skip out fer vittles.