the week in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont (searching for antíques], this was a vacation for me. I loved it." It’s hard to say he had a favorite between these two loves of horses and antiques, but he was known to say, “I always liked antiques better than horses because they didn’t die and they got better with age.”
In 1993, Warren eventually incorporated all of these interests which brought him joy in one store, known as Centerpoint Station. Centerpoint is a general store offering antiques and ice cream, and today one of the most famous burgers in town.
Warren retired from Sac n Pac in 2000, but he would still hang out at Centerpoint Station. He enjoyed educating the younger collectors on craftsmanship and would always promise those making purchases, “I’ll buy (it) back from you anytime for what you paid. Just don’t strip it!”
Warren’s daughter, Cheryl, summed it up best saying, “Early on it was about the hustle. Later it was all about enjoying visits with old friends and buying one great item at a time.” Such a great collecting philosophy! Garth’s is proud to be offering The J. Garland Warren Country Store, Advertising and Americana Collections over the next several months.
Garth’s October 5th The J. Garland Warren Country Store Collection catalog is available online at www.garths.com. Preview hours will run from Monday, September 30th thru Saturday, October 5th at Garth’s Main Gallery location located at 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740.362.4771.
Highlights of this sale include:
Lot # 66 Advertising Sign, American, early 20th century, tin. Embossed "Pepsi : Cola" sign with added retailer's name "J.T. Sier - Grocery". Edge wear. 31.5"h. 56"w. Estimate $1,000-2,000
Lot #99 Coca-Cola Vending Machine With Drinking Fountain, American, mid-20th century. Appears to be model 33, with a side-mounted drinking fountain. 52"h. Estimate $500-$800
Lot #167 Advertising Sign American, late 19th-early 20th century. Embossed tin sign for "Armour's Pork and Beans". In a frame, 35"h. 47"w. Estimate $600-$1,200
Lot #174 Store Display Counter, American, late 19th century, oak. Glass panels and top with fifty-five pull out compartments. Some wear. 41"h. 96"w. 27"d. Estimate $600-$1,200
Lot #378A Owl Coffee Bin, American, late 19th century, pine. Original dark red paint and labels. Divided interior, lift lid (loose). Hand painted address label on the bottom "Cairo, Ill." Wear, age splits. 25"h. 58.5"w. 17"d. Estimate $800-$1,600
Lot # 418 Mobile Gas Advertising Sign, American, 1st half-20th century, enameled sheet metal. Shield shaped with red pegasus. Some enamel loss. 57"h. 55"w. Estimate $1,000-$2,000
Excerpts of biography on Mr. Warren taken from article by Jeff Walker, “Discover Magazine” 2008.
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