It’s dad’s turn, good old dad! And with Father’s Day mid month — June 17th to be exact — you’re going to want to scout around for that perfect gift that shows off your pop’s uniqueness.
And that’s where we can help!
Dad might actually be the easiest person on your shopping list because usually he’s easy to please — dads are pretty good natured — and they very often like cool old stuff. Plus they hardly ever care if you got it for song and gently used — read “vintage” — which only adds to his appreciation of your efforts. After all he raised you to be smart, savvy, creative, and cool.
And if you score a rarity that can’t easily be found, big points for your ingenuity!
So here are three categories for dad that should get your gift-giving wheels spinning for the big day.
So dads a reader, eh? Or maybe he loves maps? Or he’s a film buff with a penchant for the old silver screen.
Whatever direction your padre leans, when it comes to vintage and antique paper ephemera we’ve got you covered.
We’ve got an amazing — AMAZING — collection of old history books covering some of his favorite topics — Virginia, the US, the Revolution, Civil War, World War II, militarism, science, photo compendiums, and even local history a la Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
Or maybe he likes perusing old maps, sussing out what’s what from the topographical, physical, and political perspectives. Yep. we got that!
Here’s an idea — old postcards. For just a few bucks a piece you can get your dad funny old cards, saucy old cards, historic old cards, commercial advertising cards. THere’s so much fun stuff in that category you just have to come in and see for yourself.
Shhh…mom may not like to know this but we’ve got some old pin ups from the early days of cinema that are blush-worthy gift surprises along with tamer framed prints of old movie posters.
There are old film reels, view master slide sets, comic books, old magazines…your dad likes paper stuff well we got paper stuff. Come on in and see! (And below there’s a very, very small selection of our goods in a gallery for you to see.)
Mad Men Dad
If your vintage-friendly pater familia likes to get his Mid Century Modern on then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve got all kinds of furniture and accessories — we specialize in LOTS of Mid Century — to suite out dad’s man cave in style. Ashtrays, lamps, weird sculptural shapey things that no one quite knows what it is, even old radios, TVs, and typewriters which either work or don’t but either way look cool enough to do the job.
If your dad spiffs it up from time to time by sporting the most famous father’s day gift, a tie, then come on in and peruse our vast collection. Give him a tie that says, “‘I never left the 60s because the 60s are cooler than you!”
Or maybe he needs a brass coin change holder for emptying his pockets at the end of the day, a pipe for smoking some…stuff that you smoke out of a pipe, or some too fabulous to be true martini glasses.
Yes, your dad is old school hip. Your gifts for him should be too.
Whatever may be your dad’s hobby area for collecting things, you’re bound to have some good luck by searching our 10,000 square feet of antique and vintage retail space to find it for him.
In memorabilia we’ve got lots from the Civil War, old books, football and baseball cards, race car driver stuff, pocket knives, little statuary, German and other European drinking steins, beer glasses, record albums, model cars, model ships, Star Wars and other movie fanfare, and much more.
My advice is to come on in and do a little exploring. With over 40 vendors who each bring something unique and charming to their booths, you’ve got a lot to explore and to choose from in one comfortable spot.
Plan to take some time — what’s the hurry, you’re shopping for dad! Take some time, let’s say at least one hour, and look around in all our nooks and crannies. Look up high, reach down low, take it out, turn it around — go on the hunt and bring back a kill!
I hope we’ll see you in the shop when you’re out and about during the next week. We’re open seven days a week with our vintage tunes playing for your shopping enjoyment. Come on in, the water is fine!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center