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Here you see we're strapping the big fellows down for the 12 mile ride, with the help of Ken and his daughter Nickie who repainted the shop too...
Officially pulling out of the store parking lot one last time...traveling down the road...turning at the blue convenience store on Highway 90...pulling through the woods to their new home...
And finally, Glenn is saying "they're HOOOOME!!!" and settling up with the tow truck driver who did such a great job of moving our special guys...
Here are our very last customers, the Kovacs, to shop in our store that was on Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach -- it's about 6:00 p.m. December 28, 2003. You've been GREAT customers, guys, from now on you'll be shopping online with us!
Here's the marquee we shared with the Antique Mall next to us, our own storefront and our now-famous dinosaurs
This is Glenn putting up the last of the whale bones on our "Whaling Wall". He then attached string going from each bone to the part of the drawing where it came from on the baleen whale. A real labor of love, but SO great to see it on the wall again, many folks have enjoyed learning what the bones are from this display already. I've also sprinkled our new fossil and rock and alien display items below in the store photos for you to enjoy a taste of what we did in the store this month.
Pictures of our shop, February 2003
we closed the shop Dec. '03 as the net biz was too good to justify the overhead and run the biz from our home now.
TRAVEL HOLIDAY, February 2003 issue ran a nice Globetrotter section featuring our store as a unique store destination for your Myrtle Beach South Carolina holiday! We're very pleased with the exposure and have had numerous folks in the shop because of it. Make it your treat to come on down and see the weird & dead museum shop unlike any other curiosity shop you'll ever visit...the Pier I Imports for the Addams Family, as it's been described, though don't forget about the lovely jewelry, clothing & boxes for those not inclined to the weird, just the unusual!
October 14, 2002 photo of Glenn and Heidi Reed in their store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Photo May 2002 on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach right after our move there.
Glenn's evolution of our dinosaurs on display in front of the shop - the brown one is now school bus yellow! And Mr. Green has lots more orange! Passers by have been tooting at the new look! Glenn told one child that thought we had a new dinosaur that the old one had run away - hmmm. There's one kid on the lookout for a runaway dinosaur, I'm afraid!
Front of the shop & jewelry displays, Mr. Turtle in the forefront, of course! You can see our moose horn jewelry display, drums, parrot pictures panning left (center picture) and our Russian lacquer box and nesting doll display to the right (right-hand picture).
Here on the left are the shutters full of the jewelry brooches & earrings we make, as well as the earrings on the white cards (center picture), and the humor pins, eyeglass brooches and necklaces that we make (right-hand picture).
A view of our boxes from seven countries, and the ever-famous Weird and Dead Stuff rack (right-hand picture) .. of course there's more throughout the store of weird and dead stuff as well!
This is our resident alien at your service...and a great security guard too, I can tell you!
Are the secrets safe with us? You'll have to see if we'll give you the key to find out what's inside!
A view of the Rock aisles, (left-hand picture), against the wall is the Deformed Alligator collection, along with an extensive fossil aisle.
This is not only a rock & gem identification display, we've included some more unusual specimens for people to enjoy.
Photo 1 - a Pyrite Sun from an Illinois coal mine, picture jasper, Ocean jasper, garnets in the rock from Alaska the way it grows naturally, several specimens of opal from different Australian mines, Laboradorite from Newfoundland, a pyrite egg, also cube pyrite from Spain (amazing!) and a real fulgurite (the result of a lightning striking sand)
Photo 2 - Rainbow hematite, red coral as used in Indian jewelry, several great turquoise specimens from Arizona, a calcite & mud concretion material that formed fantastic blue layers, selenite from Nevada, a huge specimen of Colombian amber loaded with winged ants and many other creatures that fossilized into it for 5 million years, and the beginning of our meteorite display.
Photo 3 - Lots more meteorites and meteorite jewelry,
Photo 4 - More meteorites coming! Plus an elephant ivory cue ball, and a lovely elephant ivory and Canadian jade beaded necklace. Meteorites are all for sale, the ivory is not.
Here's a view of Glenn's arrowhead and Indian artifacts collection (all priced for sale)--left-hand picture, shark jaws & thousands of shells (center picture); right hand picture is a view of our treasure chest of thousands of foreign coins!
(Left) a view of one side of showcases of just jewelry..many vintage cameos and vintage pieces of jewelry, opals, fossil ivory, onyx and other gem jewelry. Also Glenn's eyeglass leashes hang above. (Right) More jewelry showcases, including turquoise, amber & jade.
The boutique with Heidi's designs of scarves, jackets and tuxedo tailcoats!
(Left hand picture) a view of the back of the store in general, showing the large shark jaws on the wall, and the Rodney Fox photos of his shark attack, also our extensive collection of Megalodon teeth (most priced for sale) - center picture; as well as hundreds of shark tooth necklaces, and sharks in a bottle, our gator head and body parts collection, and the T-Rex head mounts in the right-hand picture
A view of the bin of our new group of fossils from Aurora, North Carolina and also a bin of megalodon teeth from there as well!
Here's the "new and improved" location of our two dinosaurs, according to Horry County sign people, they're ok there for 120 days as "temporary signs". We'll take our next strategies after that to keep our dinosaurs. The flags are now completely gone, thanks to Horry County...at fines of $1125 a DAY, they asked us how patriotic we wanted to be?
Our dueling dinosaurs - right now they're dueling more than each other - they're fighting for the right to remain representatives of Where on Earth? The Horry County sign people have declared them to be advertising and that Where on Earth? has exceeded its permitted sign inches...first they said one must go, then both must go, then both were okay if they were on the same mobile trailer (which we did), now they're saying they're ok there only for 120 days a YEAR...we now know why the dinosaurs are extinct! They were KILLED by the RED TAPE BUREAUCRACY of Horry County, South Carolina! They have produced no ordinance in writing - only their interpretations of what they believe the law to be - and insisted we comply. In spite of the fact that our business neighbors have similar things on display all along the Highway 501 corridor where we have our store! Well, the New York Times did an article about it - READ ABOUT in this link...
To add insult to injury, they have also declared that most of the American flags we fly from the fence (see the photo) must go - Horry County ordinance only allows an American flag every 60 feet ! There's more laws on the books allowing people to BURN the flag than laws that SUPPORT THE FLYING of the flag, folks - the absolute truth. And not just in Horry County, either.
UPDATE TO AUGUST 2002
The first Boulder City, Nevada family to visit us in our new location in Myrtle Beach - Gary Murphy and his sons, Andy and Patrick, with Glenn - the dinosaur boys are looking over their shoulders!
This is the small model used to build our new dinosaur to put on the lawn in front of the shop - done over a period of three weeks...follow his "evolution" with us...
Here's the beginning of the statue, done in rebar by Sergio and his helpers, then covered in mesh as the second stage.
Here's a little closer up, finishing the neck and head in mesh. Sergio is working on the "dentures" in the third photo, what a hard worker!
Here's the statue being covered with the fiberglass cement. Starting to look like a real dinosaur! Brave guy to sit between his legs! Two more views of the full yard where the work is being done - notice the cement mixer to the left of the truck. A big operation!
Surprise! A dinosaur has arrived overnight! First coat of brown was already done, and his pearly whites too! They proceeded to do green tiger striping to finish him. Isn't it natural to have a dinosaur menacing the cars on the highway?
This is our SECOND dinosaur that we actually found FIRST, in Sergio's yard. We commissioned the first dinosaur, then purchased this one as well...wait till you see how he is finished!
Here he is being delivered and introduced to his new "brother". Seems to be straining against the straps! I CAN FLY! I CAN FLY! No, you're not an Pterodactyl !
Here's his new home - settled among the bushes behind the fence - peeking out!
Look Mom I got a new coat! Isn't it cool?
Here's the crew responsible for it all - a field of dinosaurs thanks to Sergio and his crew - who knows what's next!
UPDATE TO JUNE 2002
Here's quite an update - pictures of the "evolution" of our relocated shop back in South Carolina from Nevada - we left Nevada April 24 and opened up the new shop, 3600 square feet of it (3 times the size of the Nevada store) on June 20, 2002! We missed the ocean in the Carolinas too much. However, I will leave all the Nevada store info intact as part of our "history", folks.
Opened our new store June 20, 2002 (above)
First, some of the Nevada inventory.
Above is the "just back from Florida with all our stuff" stage; looking to the right, looking to the left, looking from back to front, and looking at the back right corner.
This is the "organized mess", stage 3, above; looking right, looking left.
Getting there...looking right, looking left, then back to front.
Close! Looking right, looking left, then two of the center aisles.
Above are the "after" pictures! Once again, looking right, looking left, then down center aisle from the back, and the back right corner.
And here's the last few extras of the shop...
This is Captain America, a well known personality in these parts, also in Washington D.C. where he goes every Memorial Day heading up the parade there as a veteran. The second picture is Glenn hamming it up, holding one of Captain's artificial legs. Captain America did our outside signs - whatta guy! For those of you that remember the Third Avenue shop in Myrtle Beach, Captain America also painted the mural behind the counter! This will take you back ten years, folks!
Here's a new collection of fully articulated skeletons we just obtained - more detail on the "Weirdest" pages ... a weasel attacking a mole skeleton, a cottonmouth snake from Florida, a twig snake from South America, and an Eastern Painted Turtle skeleton. These came from a vertebrate functional morphologist (translation - he studies creatures to duplicate their movements in practical application in the working world). On the bottom is a Cooter Turtle shell from Louisiana, courtesy of our friend Joe. Thanks, Joe!
There was a great welcome article in the March 15 Myrtle Beach Sun Times.
Last bits of moving - Dann surprised us with this Dinosaur Shoe Box for our dinosaur foot! WOW. Perfect fit - size mmm?
Dann, Joe, Gino and Glenn heave ho Mr. Turtle for the move to South Carolina - he made it without a scratch, thanks to such loving assistance. Thanks, guys! Dann's wife, Cyndi, was also invaluable in her tireless packing when we were overwhelmed. Thanks isn't enough, guys!
April 2002, last day in Nevada
Last days at the old shop in Nevada...dear friends..
Joyce and her daughter Holly
Joe, headed to Belize with a buddy?
John with Allen, Mary and her children, bearing gifts...
Trev, with his first perfect big dichroic plate he made!
Running Deer and his savages, bearing peace gifts..don't just go away mad, just go away, huh?...also his awesome taste in art in his home, plus a python skin that's I-don't-know-how-many-feet long - thanks for the honor of seeing your treasures, Running Deer! "Missing you all" just doesn't cut it.
Our friend Darlene from Fortuna, Calif. with the awesome vintage bracelet set she purchased from us!
How can we forget faithful Carol, in with her wheelchair one or more times a week to visit and buy...what a friend you've been, my dear.
Ah, Nicky - our Irish rebel - to keep that flame and spunk of yours a bit in ourselves! Our best to fighter Ray, her husband, as well - go Ray! Boulder City's finest political cartoonist.
Last but certainly not least...a force to be reckoned with...Sheri, baby on the way - Okie What Am I was her nickname...private joke, folks, I'm afraid. Take care of yourself!
This is GLENN in our shop - my colorful guy! This was taken by a photographer visiting from England who appreciated the shop, and purchased the red stained gourd in the foreground by our artist Lori.
Here's a few photos to help you picture what we've accumulated...
First view in front door - amazing turtle carving within boulder, from China, and Didgeridoo display from Australia. (See "Weird Stuff" for more details.
Shark display including photos of Rodney Fox, the worst shark bite victim that survived, from Australia, jaws and teeth for sale (fossil and fresh) also gator heads and products. Rocks & minerals on table.
This is just a sampling of the fossil and fresh SHARK teeth Glenn has accumulated over the years and continues to sell. See the "Weirdest" page for the BIGGEST megalodon tooth!
Aliens! (We were two hours from Area 51) also a T-Rex head (way too cool!) and again, the didgeridoos from Australia.
Incredible harmonic drums of padouk wood (must hear to believe!), as well as gourd art and even a mounted boar's head.
Whale ribs next to dinosaur doo-doo, next to a dinosaur footprint, next to 1940's Czechoslovakian button brooches Glenn and Heidi make. Something for everyone, hmm?
Here we go again. Skulls next to amethyst chunks next to cameos? Also Hector the biggest gator head we have. Then there's body torso sculptures on the walls. Oh yes, and the boar's head again.
Here's Glenn hard at work at our "Command Central" surrounded by gemstone necklaces he makes, fine cameos, amber, opals, thousands of pairs of earrings, and fine framed art around the top - the "icing on the cake"!
Another close-up of the "icing on the cake". Fine framed work from Lew Genge of Boulder City (born in New Zealand, raised in Figi, his variety of styles matches our own diverse interests).
Our Baltic and Columbian amber display (we have about six times that in our current store, my how we've grown!)
The vintage necklaces (which Glenn re-designs) and fine carved cameos from opal, shell, and many types of vintage reproduction cameos - one of our specialties.
And then there's Heidi's hand-sewn designs on gently used Christian Dior tails and fine jackets, each with a piece of jewelry designed by Heidi. Designers and seamstresses alike have expressed amazement at the quality and artistic expression in these garments. The fabrics she uses have been collected on their national and international travels. What more could you want?
This is the mural on the back side of our store. We commissioned it after we ran a contest for a Hoover Dam drawing. Connie Burnett-Ferraro, our mayor's wife, won the contest hands down, and decided to paint the mural herself as well, though she'd never done large work before. She has since done numerous other murals in Boulder City, further defining herself as an artist. Go Connie!
And don't forget the "Weirdest" page with close-ups of the latest weird things in the shop! We've just added our "Latest Travels" page to update you on lots of interesting things we've seen. We hope you enjoy that as much as we did.
GLENN and HEIDI REED