Travelers in seek of hidden treasures might soon want to expand their searches south to Princeton.
Moore Stuff Antiques, Collectibles and More, 218 Galveston St., Princeton, officially opened its doors in April, but planned to have its grand opening celebration 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Owners Mike and Angie Moore, long time area residents, said it is well worth the drive to see what their shop has to offer.
As the name would suggest, Moore Stuff, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, has more than just antiques. The flea market side of the business also houses several booths full of such collectibles as metal signs, furniture and miniature race cars.
“This isn’t only antiques. We’ve got antiques. We’ve got collectible items like Coca-Cola and Campbell’s,” Moore said. “Just all kinds of different things. Some of them are old. Some of them are new.”
After selling the Brand’ N Iron, Princeton’s bar and grill, in 2008 and retiring, the Moores were looking for something to occupy their time, they said. The couple shared an interest in antiques and collectibles, Angie Moore said, attending estate sales, auctions and garage sales.
And as long time business owners in Princeton, Moore said, she and her husband enjoy interacting with people and their latest venture gives them that opportunity.
“[I’m] back with people again,” Moore said of her favorite part of the new business. Searching for new items at garage and estate sales also is fun, she said.
After being open a little more than a month, Moore said business has been going well, and they are getting good feedback from customers. Furniture and decorations are selling well, she added. The shop also sells patriotic items, glassware, home decorations and toys.
Moore Stuff is about a mile off U.S. 59, tucked back in the heart of Princeton. People will be pleased with what they find after the drive there, Moore said.
“If they hear about [the store] and they hear it’s cute and it’s set up nice, they’re going to come down. It doesn’t matter how many miles it is,” Moore said.
The growing number of antique stores in Franklin County doesn’t bother Moore. She said she welcomes more stores and doesn’t view them as competition.
“You’re not in competition with an antique store,” Moore said. “Everybody has different stuff.”
In conjunction with the grand opening, Moore Stuff plans to offer free hot dogs and lemonade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Door prizes also will be given away.