Statesville NC



When Eric and Kayla brought home two mismatched 1940s wooden tabletop radio/phonographs (an Emerson and an Admiral), he already had a vision for their transformation.  The rest of us not so much.  Storing them in our garage, each time we passed them by, a glimpse of their future would flash before our eyes – which at that point looked like a date with the junkyard.  So one day (years later, of course) we offered to start the process. 

Cleaning, gutting, deodorizing and then cleaning some more all while trying not to damage the knobs, radio dial, tubes and finish we gently removed all the other innards and fed them to the recycling center bins.  Away with the turntable and all of its parts, out with the speaker and wires too numerous to count, and don’t forget the decades of dust, leaving a cavernous space for storage.  Now tell me, who doesn’t need more storage.   

Considering their age, the wooden cabinets were in remarkable shape.  Scratches and nicks here and there but nothing that couldn’t be camouflaged with a little Howard’s Restore-A-Finish.  We added a bottom to the Admiral and a back to the Emerson because storage space is only useful if it can contain all the junk that is shoved into it and an open bottom or back would make containment a bit difficult.       

With the radio face, chassis, tubes and knobs still intact they were ready to be legged.  Staying true to his vision, Eric began to search in earnest for the perfect legs.  And he searched and searched and searched.  Which turned out to be a good thing.  For lo and behold, on September 19, 2015 at Resettler’s Antique Mall in Statesville NC we found the long lost brother to Eric’s Emerson and so now he had a matching pair.  At least with a lot of TLC they would become a matching pair.  

It seems that the long lost brother had had somewhat of a hard-knock life.  Somewhere along the way, someone showed him a little mercy and began to restore him.  A wirectomy was performed but I guess he lacked the coverage to proceed with further surgery. (He must have missed all those commercials about Obamacare.)  He could have used a little cosmetic surgery as well and his lid didn’t fit quite right.  So we brought him home and the reunion in the garage was like a Hallmark moment.  Needless to say, the two Emersons forgot all about the poor little Admiral who was knocked down a notch from best buddy waiting for legs and a new home to “oh, that other guy.” He’s still in need of legs, but I think we’ll keep him.


According to their website, Statesville, North Carolina is not a lot of things.  Unlike its neighbor to the south, it is not a cultural mecca nor a gigantic banking center.  It is usually devoid of major traffic snarls and has no professional sports venues.  But when you visit Statesville, you just might decide what it is not is what makes it such a charming little city.  You will find hardworking, considerate, humble and friendly folks who will welcome you to their town and make you feel at home.  It’s worth the drive to see how calm and peaceful life can be. 

We started our visit to Statesville at Jim Hopkins’ Resettlers Antique Mall.  That’s where I found a real old fashioned phone booth for Clark Kent.  As he can’t find them on every street corner these days, I try to keep a running list for him.  Luckily he can fly faster than a speeding bullet, which is helpful since real phone booths are few and far between.  We also found the long lost brother to Eric and Kayla’s Emerson table top radio/phono.  With a little TLC, these guys are going to look like identical twins.  Thanks to Amy, who is the self-appointed lackey, we got some really great deals and the scoop on each item we bought.  Our favorite purchase of the day was the B-C Chart Printing Outfit pictured above.

Heading downtown, we found Westmoreland Antiques & Collectibles housed in the former Woolworth’s Five and Dime Store on South Center Street.  Owner, Dot Westmoreland and her granddaughter were busily relocating items from a recently sold dining room table soon to head to its new home where it will bring the family together sharing many a meal and celebration.  Dot is originally from Texas and after living in Charlotte she decided to make Statesville her home.  With 18,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles at affordable prices, be sure to allot yourself plenty of time to browse.   

Available at Westmoreland Antiques & Collectibles

Available at Westmoreland Antiques & Collectibles

Next we headed on down to The Shoppe.  While it is a bit smaller, don’t let the size fool you.  Owner, Sandy Josey, has filled every available inch of space from floor to ceiling with unique items just waiting to be picked.  Walking in the front door, we didn’t expect we’d be there long.  Surprisingly, looking and gabbing made for a very enjoyable visit lasting much longer than we had anticipated.  Rumbling and grumbling stomachs finally dragged us out the door in search of food.

Looking for a local lunch destination, we pulled in to the Boxcar Grille parking lot.  They have so many choices on the menu, you would be hard pressed not to find something to your liking.  Starting off with sweet tea that finally was as good as Grandmama’s, we split a burger and a grilled chicken breast sandwich.  Both were delicious.

With our stomachs silenced, we had one last stop to make.  Antiques & Things on Taylorsville Highway.  Owner, Linda Bollinger, calls her shop the ”best kept secret in Iredell County.”  We enjoyed talking with the Linda who was on duty as we searched through their treasures.  There is a gorgeous yoyo quilt just waiting for the right person to take her home and love her.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it, but then I’m not sure a photo would really do it justice. 

(Currently I have not found a website or Facebook page for The Shoppe or Antiques & Things.  I  will update with links when I find them.)