By Elizabeth Taylor |Staff Writer|
Students from all over the globe are stopping by the Antique Station and taking advantage of the many vintage and artsy finds that will fit comfortably in any dorm room.
The Antique Station is the largest and longest running antique store on Route 66; this old train depot holds some of the rarest finds around, and the array of items spans across generations that some may not know or have forgotten about.
“I have purchased a nightstand and furniture for my sister’s room from here,” said VVC student and local resident, Honor Babb. “Today, I’m mostly looking for a mask to add to our wall of masks and an ash tray for my dad, even though he doesn’t smoke.”
Being located on Route 66 is a boost for business as people make their way across the scenic stretch of road stop by to take a look inside.
“I was just cruising Route 66, and thought I would come in and look for an old typewriter,” said Los Angeles resident and Barcelona, Spain native, Gerard Rodriguez. “College kids in Spain love retro and vintage things; and I think they could find everything they would need right here.”
The floors squeak and come to rest as customers make their way through the old, long depot station.
“I’ve worked here for over 2 years, and I absolutely enjoy all the international experiences that I encounter as people from all over the world walk through that door,” said employee, Becky Adams. “We sell the weirdest, retro stuff and I am amazed at the items people bring in here for me to sell for them.”
Customers make their way while eyes are drawn to certain items within each booth.
“The reason I antique shop to decorate my living quarters has a lot to do with the way these vintage and retro items look and the way they were made,” said CSUSB student, Dylan Woods. “They just don’t make good quality products like they used to, and some of this stuff is just too cool to pass up.”
With so many items to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start; having a good idea of what you need or what to keep those eyes peeled for can be the first step to a successful antiquing trip.
“I came here looking for a vase and found one,” said local resident, Ashley Wilson. “College students can find all sorts of knick knacks; even if they keep it all on a small shelf in their room, it will give them something to feel at home about.”
Shoppers “oooh and ahhh” as they find the items that tug at the strings around their hearts.
“I just started enjoying this kind of shopping, and now I find myself looking for old trunks and creepy old dolls to furnish my room,” said local resident and student, Hana Taylor. “I also love all these handmade candles they started selling; they make my entire room smell so good.”
So, the next time shopping is on the list of things to do, stop by the Antique Station in Oro Grande on Route 66 and start decorating a room that all your friends will envy.