It's a place where you never know quite what you'll find but you know it will always be interesting. It's a modern trading post.
It's a place where you never know quite what you'll find but you know it will always be interesting.
It's a modern trading post.
"It's a 1968 Vespa Sprint 150. It's all completely restored," Gary Russell explained as he showed off a showroom ready scooter.
The Vespa is one of his favorite items for sale at the Southend Trading Post on the main drag through Rockwood. The Vespa is just one of the transportation option. Others include a bicycle built for two and a stage coach.
"A 1978 Columbia motorcycle that's kind of like a moped that you pedal to get started. I've got a Shriners tractor and trailer parade piece that Shriners ride in parades," he said.
He's been a fire fighter and auctioneer. Gary Russell started the Southend Trading Post when he retired.
"I get it from people who come in or call, I go yard selling and auctions, just here and there and everywhere," he said.
He gets a lot of stuff like inanimate animals from cows to roosters to bears plus collectibles like these pigs.
An item that's becoming popular is a chicken tractor. Its a coop on wheels. Chickens not included.
It's all part of the ever changing inventory.
"Started out with a little bit and just kept building," he said.
He keeps a lot of merchandise out in the open in front of the store and he had a little trouble with a thief. That ended when he put up a sign that reads 'After hours if you came to steal call your funeral home first!!!'
"I have people come in and read the sign and leave so that should tell you something," he said with a laugh.
Among all the older, classic items it turns out his top seller is something completely fresh: Tennessee honey.
It's one of the sweet deals at the Southend Trading Post.