SPENCER - If you head to Roane County for this weekend's Black Walnut Festival, allow some treasure hunting time inside the Spencer Antique Mall on Main Street.
The mall opened in July 2005 in an effort by the city to fill an empty storefront in what was once the G.C. Murphy store. The 8,000-square-foot building now houses 22 different vendors and thousands of items.
"We have a little bit of everything," said assistant manager Liz LaMac, who also serves on the board of Spencer Development Authority.
To cover expenses, the mall receives 10 percent of proceeds from sales as well as a rental fee of $1 per square foot.
No matter how many times you walk through the mall, you'll spot a different item each time.
Variety seems to be the specialty.
Shoppers will find antiques, collectibles and handcrafted items by West Virginia artisans.
Among wares are jewelry, books, dolls, baskets, glassware, purses, sports cards, quilts, vintage clothing, linens, furniture, lanterns, spinning wheel, musical instruments, lamps, saddle, knives, guns, and assorted tools, including some for blacksmithing.
You never know what unusual item may be available, LaMac said. For example, on a recent day, the mall had an airplane propeller, a harpoon, huge copper pots, a sausage grinder and an old organ with ivory keys.
"Shoppers come from everywhere, and I mean everywhere," she said. "Some even come from overseas."