04-13-2012, 06:54 PM
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Today, I had some time available to go some antique stores in Decatur, Texas. Decatur is slightly more than 40 miles North and West of the center of Fort Worth, Texas and approximately 70 miles North and West of the center of Dallas, Texas.

Decatur is a small community surrounded by expanses of prairie land. It is the county seat for Wise County. Decatur's population slowly but steadily risen from it's 1904 tally of 1,562 to just over an estimated 6,400 (July, 2008). Despite it's "low" population, Decatur flourishes because of its position in the county. Due to it's placement, Decatur still attracts farmers, ranchers, oil and gas workers, vacationers, citizens from surround areas, and it's own citizens in for everything from supplies to a peaceful night out on the town.

In 1896, the last of the four county courthouses was built. It came at a price of $110,000 ($2,810,388 in today's money) and is build of solid pink granite and Vermont marble. The building is still in use today and is rated one of the best historic courthouses in the country.

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This was the first time I had gone to the Wise County Courthouse Square. So this would be brand new territory for me.

I went to four stores along the courthouse square. In the first store them I made a nice discovery.
I asked the lady did she have any razors or shaving brushes. She said, "I only have one and here it is." She was not asking much for it at all. It needed a good home. So I told her that I would purchase the lonely little razor and take it home with me.

Here is the one lonely razor that she had in her shop.

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Other than some minor scratching and a small crack in the case it was an excellent value.

The only other razor was in another shop that wanted an outrageous price for a Slim with no case. The owner of that shop was not even interested in answering my questions so I left.

The third and fourth shops had no items for traditional shaving. After making the rounds I went on my way for some other business that I needed to attend to while I was in town.

All in all, a real nice surprise on my little antique store junket.

(Decatur Texas Information Courtesy of: http://www.decaturtx.org/)

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 04-13-2012, 06:57 PM
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It cleaned up nicely Gary.

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 04-13-2012, 07:09 PM
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Man, I saw Decatur, Texas in the title and my heart skipped a beat. One of my all time favorite small Texas towns.

Back in the early 80's I worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a freight agent and I was stationed in Decatur. Every Saturday morning I would go to Red's Barbershop down on the square for a shave. Old Red passed away a few years back.

My first two years of college were at Decatur Baptist College which is now Dallas Baptist University.

Small, small world.

Oh, nice razor.

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 04-13-2012, 07:14 PM
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(04-13-2012, 07:09 PM)Johnny Wrote: Man, I saw Decatur, Texas in the title and my heart skipped a beat. One of my all time favorite small Texas towns.

Back in the early 80's I worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a freight agent and I was stationed in Decatur. Every Saturday morning I would go to Red's Barbershop down on the square for a shave. Old Red passed away a few years back.

My first two years of college were at Decatur Baptist College which is now Dallas Baptist University.

Small, small world.

Oh, nice razor.

Went by the old campus today while scouting around.
I think it is a museum now.

I enjoy making the trips to some of the smaller towns every once in a while.

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 04-13-2012, 07:22 PM
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There are some great eating places in those small Texas towns, like Babe's Chicken.

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 04-13-2012, 07:52 PM
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Babe's "sister" restaurant, Sweetie Pie Ribeyes, is in Decatur. Good eats!

That was a good score, GD. I am also in North Texas, but I rarely go to any of the antique shops here. My ADs havent expanded to include old razors, thankfully.

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 04-13-2012, 07:56 PM
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(04-13-2012, 07:52 PM)JaDo Wrote: Babe's "sister" restaurant, Sweetie Pie Ribeyes, is in Decatur. Good eats!

That was a good score, GD. I am also in North Texas, but I rarely go to any of the antique shops here. My ADs havent expanded to include old razors, thankfully.

I know, I went to Sweetie Pie Ribeyes today and had Chicken Fried Steak.

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 04-13-2012, 08:03 PM
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(04-13-2012, 07:56 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-13-2012, 07:52 PM)JaDo Wrote: Babe's "sister" restaurant, Sweetie Pie Ribeyes, is in Decatur. Good eats!

That was a good score, GD. I am also in North Texas, but I rarely go to any of the antique shops here. My ADs havent expanded to include old razors, thankfully.

I know, I went to Sweetie Pie Ribeyes today and had Chicken Fried Steak.


Alright, we will have none of that porn on here.Biggrin Do you know how bad I would like a good chicken fried steak? They don't have a clue what that is up here.

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 04-13-2012, 08:05 PM
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(04-13-2012, 08:03 PM)Johnny Wrote:
(04-13-2012, 07:56 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(04-13-2012, 07:52 PM)JaDo Wrote: Babe's "sister" restaurant, Sweetie Pie Ribeyes, is in Decatur. Good eats!

That was a good score, GD. I am also in North Texas, but I rarely go to any of the antique shops here. My ADs havent expanded to include old razors, thankfully.

I know, I went to Sweetie Pie Ribeyes today and had Chicken Fried Steak.


Alright, we will have none of that porn on here.Biggrin Do you know how bad I would like a good chicken fried steak? They don't have a clue what that is up here.

Yes, it would seem that they have difficulties in translating the cow into a southern boy's gourmet feast!

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 04-14-2012, 03:49 AM
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That's a great score. I just grew tired of the razor hunt and haven't been in well over a month. I may get out today or tomorrow and check around a few places

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 04-14-2012, 12:28 PM
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Very nice find, sir! Enjoy!

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 04-14-2012, 02:58 PM
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Beautiful razor enjoy it.

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 04-17-2012, 04:21 PM
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(04-14-2012, 02:58 PM)slantman Wrote: Beautiful razor enjoy it.

Thanks! It has been put to work this week! Biggrin

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 04-17-2012, 07:03 PM
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GD, I'm due for a trip to Plano and Haslet to visit my Sisters. Maybe a detour is in order. Thanks for sharing.

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 04-18-2012, 06:29 AM
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I need to start cruising the antique and thrift marts around here more often. Very nice find, and thank you for the lovely pictures of that beauty.

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 04-18-2012, 08:31 AM
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I love North Texas. I lived in Durant OK for a while when I was young and browsing the US. I spent most days at the Denison dam fishing. I had a very hard time finding work, but I picked up odd jobs on horse & cattle ranches.

Those North Texas and SE OK towns are exactly how I imagined America to be. I miss those days, no debt, no ball and chain, no worries. Just a blue Ford truck and that adventurous spirit which dominated my youth. I was 19 and bored. No cell phones or internet, so you actually went places to see things and talked to people without a keypad. LOL

I have 14 nieces & nephews and only one has the same curiosity that many boys in my youth had. Good lord I'm jabbering on and on.

Great find, that single razor was worth the trip. If you're looking for a nice Slim, I have 3 that I don't use. No cases, but nice razors.

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 04-18-2012, 10:47 AM
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Just up the road and a little east of you GD as I live in Celina. That is a nice looking razor and a great find. I was in an Antique Store in Sherman a few weeks back and ask about shaving gear. They had several but I thought the prices were pretty high. Hope to stumble onto some of the old shave soaps along with the razors when I am out Shave Picking.

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 04-18-2012, 03:54 PM
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(04-18-2012, 10:47 AM)mctmatt Wrote: Just up the road and a little east of you GD as I live in Celina. That is a nice looking razor and a great find. I was in an Antique Store in Sherman a few weeks back and ask about shaving gear. They had several but I thought the prices were pretty high. Hope to stumble onto some of the old shave soaps along with the razors when I am out Shave Picking.

Celina Bobcats!
I lived in Sherman a little less than 30 years ago.
Good luck with your search!

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 04-18-2012, 08:20 PM
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(04-18-2012, 10:47 AM)mctmatt Wrote: Just up the road and a little east of you GD as I live in Celina. That is a nice looking razor and a great find. I was in an Antique Store in Sherman a few weeks back and ask about shaving gear. They had several but I thought the prices were pretty high. Hope to stumble onto some of the old shave soaps along with the razors when I am out Shave Picking.

Go back and haggle, they'll drop the prices, unless they're running a museum. Lots of shop owners started using ebay as their pricing guide; which is ridiculous. I'd try again if the razors are worth the trouble.

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 04-27-2012, 11:47 AM
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Congrats!

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