I envied my younger brother’s paper route. We grew up in a little neighborhood that had just enough residents to warrant a small paper route. To this day I don’t know how Mike got the job over me, but he did. He got the cool over-the-shoulder carrier’s bag with Duluth News Tribune stenciled in reflective ink on the side. He got the metal-covered collection book full of pages of tickets. (Those were the days when the carrier was still responsible for collections, and it seemed to me that whenever there were chores to be done Mike had to “go collect”.) But best of all, he got spending money.
After taking over The Old Times I quickly learned that antiques shops want to be grouped in the paper geographically. The reason is that folks who go on Antiques Road Trips want to be able to visit multiple shops on a single trip. I quickly decided that a good way to meet our customers would be for me to visit one of these geographic regions each month and hand deliver the paper. I think it also had something to do with sibling rivalry – finally I had a paper route! And not just a boring old “every morning deliver 25 papers” paper route. I had a different route each month! Does it get any better?
So welcome to the “Antiques Road Trips Paper Route” blog. Each month after I’ve done my paper route I’ll post about it here. I’ll tell you about the route I took, the shops I visited, the people I talked with and any other interesting things that happened on the route. I’ll try to include pictures even though many shop owners and dealers tend to be camera shy. If I find a good place for lunch I’ll let you know, and when I find an interesting antique, vintage or collectible piece I’ll talk about that too.
And above all, I welcome your comments and feedback. Happy Antiques Road Tripping!
Paul Post, Former Publisher
The Old Times
The Old Times