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Treasures Hidden

Directly off of Highway 81, south of Duncan, sits a red and white building that locals know as Addington Station Antiques. The store is home to antiques of all varieties, but with one thing in common – quality.

By Angilla Baccus A

lthough Addington may not be famil- iar to most people or may not be visible at fi rst glance on a map, the town that boasts the Addington Station Antiques is still going strong. Pat Webb bought the store in 2005 with her husband, also named Pat. Soon after their marriage, the citizens of Addington came to know the Webbs as Mr. and Mrs. Pat. Mr. Pat was originally from Addington while Mrs. Pat grew up in Marlow. She eventually moved to Addington with her husband and has lived there ever since. She is quite proud of her close-knit town—it sits on the historical Chisholm Trail and is listed as one of Oklaho- ma’s ghost towns with a population of only 50 residents. Mrs. Pat is a loyal member of Cotton Electric Cooperative and recalls being thrilled to go to the electric cooperative as a child. Coming from a small town, Pat says that was sometimes the highlight of her year.

Mrs. Pat was fascinated with “old things” from a young age. Her father collected many items dur- ing WWII, such as a Salt Glazed Majolica which she still has today and has grown to treasure. Per- haps it was these collectables that sparked her “antique itch.”

A vision comes to life On July 2, 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Pat purchased an old gas station which had worn many caps. It had been a feed store, tire shop and various other “businesses” throughout its lifetime. They cleaned, painted and spruced it up and thus be- gan their dreams, Addington Station Antiques. A couple of months after they opened, Mr. Pat walked in and said, “Sugar, you need some more room,” and they decided to enclose the old drive through for much more valued room. Shortly after they opened the shop, Mr. Pat passed away, leaving Mrs. Pat to push their

dream forward. Mark and Sherrie Childers had been customers of theirs for some time. Mark approached Mrs. Pat with the idea of remodel- ing the old barn and making it into an auction house. They did, working diligently to make a success of the high-end quality furniture and gun/knife auctions. Mark searched out estates and consignments and the auctions grew in size each time they were held.

Rooms of Hidden Treasures

Upon opening the door to Addington Station Antiques, one is not only greeted by a vintage Co- ca-Cola statue and dozens of cabinets fi lled with glassware, but also by the warm and friendly wel- come of Pat, Mark and Sherrie. They offer more than cookies and coffee—they offer conversation. Mark and Pat are happy to share the history of the store as well as how they became partners and ultimately, what the store is today. The fi rst two rooms are part of the original building; after that lies their blood, sweat, and tears—entire refurbished showrooms that now boast hundreds of dazzling collectibles. The “Chisholm Trail” is accented with soft lighting and warm scents of cinnamon and ginger. Long tables sit in the middle of the room showcasing antique glassware. Pat wanted to make people feel at home in this room.

“This is my sitting room. I really want people to be comfortable here and have a ‘being at home, warm and fuzzy feeling,’” she said. The next room is an old barn turned auction room. At one time, people from the surround- ing areas would flock to the room and sit on old church pews to attend an antique auction. Mark and Pat would have antiques on consign- ment and then hold an auction, a routine affair in the small town. One particular night, it was snowing and so many people came to the auction that they couldn’t fi t everyone in the building.

Some of visitors had to stand outside, but it was still a good time for all involved; treasures were circulated and friendships blossomed. Now, the room houses multiple booths for antique dealers to rent and sell their own treasures. The room adjacent to the auction room is an-

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From near and far

The store may be in a remote location, but sit- ting next to a highway does have its advantages. People from all areas of the world have placed their signature in the guest book and roamed through the treasures of Pat’s store. Shoppers from Canada, England, Honduras, Japan, and New Zealand are just some of the international visitors, while shoppers from Arizona, California, and Ohio frequent the highway store. Not only are visitors traveling to the store, Mark travels from across the river north Texas, many hours each month “picking” just the right items for the shop.

One such trip resulted in a thrilling fi nd. Mark was called to go on an antique pick near Dallas, TX and he brought several pieces back, including

other addition to the store, which Pat, Mark, and Sherrie built from the ground up. It was where they started their silent auctions—a concept un- common in most places, but quite profi table. An item is placed on a table with a piece of paper in front of it. A starting bid is listed and, within a given time frame, bidders can write down their bid. Once time is up, the auction is over. The last and highest bid written down wins. Today, the room features table after table of rare trinkets. The idea is similar to the old auc- tion room: a seller can rent a table and display their fi ndings. When Pat fi rst decided to rent out booths and tables she was quite surprised at the response. She doesn’t have booth or table space that isn’t fi lled – another profi table idea.



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