Monday, February 2, 2015

"Open"

An end of the front porch at one of the feed stores I frequent.
Sometimes the fellows that load your truck will be resting here,
waiting on the next customer.

If it's cool weather, you can get warm inside because they'll have a fire in the corner fireplace near the check-out register.
Look around for horse, dog, livestock and critter merchandise or simply admire some of the old relics hung on the walls and rafters.


This old 'diner' sign hangs on one of the porch walls, along with another old saw and someone's sunglasses.
"OK Toots, what'll it be?"
My answer? "Six bags of scratch feed for those dang ducks, please!" (That lasts a week or two, depending on how cold it gets and how generously I feed.)

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141 comments:

Jeanne said...

What a cute little store this is! Love the coziness of the porch and know they love seeing you coming for that duck scratch feed. lucky ducks that you have!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex oh I love this place and where the poor man that loads those bags can rest. Lucky boarders you have at the ranch:) Hug B

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Great little home grown spot!! Love that your Whistlers are helping to keep them in business. ;) You are a generous soul, T. blessings ~ t.

Lynn said...

Looks like a fun place! I love the wood fireplace:@)

Leo van said...

Een leike winkel en een mooi verhaal bij de foto's.

parkerfrancesca said...

Oh the rocking chair…! We have two (both of which we pulled from the rubbish) but that old creaker is a dream.

Beate said...

That looks like a place I'd love to check out for all the horsey stuff :) Love that old diner sign :D

Bob Bushell said...

Very nice.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Six bags? You really feed them in a big way! The whistlers are worth it!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

LOL...those 'danged ducks' are worth all the gold you spend!!

Without your feeding 'em, we wouldn't enjoy your Whistlers on Wednesday.

Loved all the relics here today in you post.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, I think the owner of this store would like some of my old Americana postcards. Neat post! John

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Feed stores are such cool places to browse. Makes me feel like I've stepped into a different world. One outside Tampa has a room full of rescued parrots...not exactly the norm, but makes for a cool visit.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Nice store! It must be lovely to sit beside the fire on cooler days :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a wonderful place, now if they just had a pickle barrel!

Dianna said...

Looks like a nice, welcoming place to do business! I'm sure your ducks appreciate it!

Dicky Bird said...

I love little old places like this - we need to frequent them to keep them around. Love the Toots sign!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the store and you are so generous to all the ducks that fly into your ranch.

bas van Es said...

Heerlijk dat zulke winkels nog bestaan.

Sandra said...

I really enjoy these feed stores and this one looks like it has lots to like. love the sign.. and the rocker on the porch. we have one here but it has no fire place.

Breathtaking said...

So this is the place where the Whistlers mama buys the scratch feed!:=)It's nice to see where you buy your critter provisions Theresa.I hope these kind of places never die out.Cute Toots sign too!

eileeninmd said...

What a cute store! I say those cute ducks are so happy that you feed them. You are so kind! Happy Monday, have a great day!

Mersad said...

I like that Open Sign.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Fireblossom said...

That waitress needs to wash her uniform. I mean really.

EG CameraGirl said...

Love that rocking chair and the fact that sometimes some is sitting in it ready to help. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

A very cute place, with plenty of Texas style!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

A very cute place, with plenty of Texas style!

Molly TheWally said...

Those ducks don't know just how lucky they are. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

John Wooldridge said...

Now that's my kind of store Tex, oh and a chair like that would be perfect for passing the time in my workshop...that's if I ever get it cleared and use as a workshop!

Rose said...

I wondered how much feed you had to buy! Those birds are lucky they have you.

I can almost smell the feed store now...just love walking into one. And with that corner fireplace, I would want to sit a spell.

Revrunner said...

Those birds alone could probably keep this business going for many more years to come.

William Kendall said...

A good rocking chair is always welcome.

MarmePurl said...

My kinda place

joeh said...

Now I have a hankering to sit, rock, and whittle.

Terri B said...

Looks just like our feed store here- except no warm fireplace inside. It doesn't stop the fellas from sitting around talking cows and weather, though.

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

Fun pictures Tex! I bet it smells good in there.. love the smell of a feed store.

Lois Evensen said...

What a great place! I would expect American Pickers to show up at any moment. :)

Julia said...

A cosy little feed store with a nice stove to warm My feed store is quite large and is smack in down town.
There's no What'll it be sign but they say, What'll it be for you today and I say " Six bags of calf starter feed please and thank you, hahaha.
That's about 330 lbs, and will last a week too.

Each bag is 25 kg , or just a little over 55 lbs.

How big are your bags of bird seeds for your ducks?
Hugs,
JB

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I love that sign and the store looks like a great place to visit - very welcoming, like an old country store.

Anvilcloud said...

What a fun type of store. Part of that tree in photo 1 look a bit like a monkey climbing.

magnoliasntea said...

Feed stores are the best! Love the down-home earthy feel of your store.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lucky duckies, indeed!
~

ellen abbott said...

I love feed stores. Maybe I'll do a post on the one here. There's a very cool one in Houston, in the inner city believe it or not, that sells all kinds of stuff.

ladyfi said...

What a cozy feed shop!

Mary Hone said...

Love those old signs.

Hilary said...

Fun spot which I'll bet you visited countless times cursing yourself for not bringing the camera before this. ;) I love that tree outside .. it looks like someone doing a sun dance. Those duckies of yours have you well trained.

Gosia k said...

Wow your stores are fantastic we definitely don't have those shops here.In my opinion they are typical in your countryside. Am I right?

Linda Kay said...

Wow! That brings back some memories of the old laid back days at the local farm supply stores. No wonder those whistlers hang around your place if you are buying them such great feed. Or do you just like to stop at the store?

LV said...

What a neat feed store filled with old relics. Would love browsing thorough it.

don said...

When you show the interesting birds that you do, or the whistler ducks, I don't tend to think about all the feed that requires to keep them hanging around the pond and your place. Nice post. It looks like a very interesting "feed" store.

Maggie said...

I didn't know that stores like this existed any more, what a great place to shop. Love the Toots Diner sign.

Sharon Wagner said...

What a great sign!

MarkD60 said...

Very cool store and photos!

Birdman said...

SEven she couldn't get away with those words these days. But do LOVE that sign, a classic.

Giga said...

It ducks at the pond have great appetite. :)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Six bags last just a week or two? I'll not complain about my bird seed bill again. That last photo reminds me of a place I found on one of our road trips. I'll dig it up for tomorrow.

Sylvia K said...

What a fun place!! Haven't seen a store like this in ages!!

Linda R said...

Thats a lot of seed. But just think how happy those ducks are. I'm sure thats why you do it.

Hugs~

Nancy J said...

Old stores are great, I remember one we visited many years ago, it was well into a rural area, and had everything, hardware, clothing, boots, no need to drive many miles, and I'm sure the owners of these stores know every customer by first name. 6 bags, what we do for the stray visitors!!

Paula said...

Like everyone else I love this place. Bet you're one of their favorite customers.

Montanagirl said...

That's a pretty neat store - and I like the "rustic" look.

Karen Schurr said...

Wow, I envy you your feed store. Ours smells of pesticides and its just plain cold and dreary. The only thing endearing about it is its owner's warm smile and great advice.

Terry and Linda said...

I would shop there also! It would be a fun place to visit!

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Irma said...

What a wonderful place, nice store.
It must be lovely to sit beside the fire on cooler days.

Stephen Hayes said...

Interesting that the hot waitress in that rusty old sign has gray hair.

Chandra said...

Hi Theresa,
I love your response to, "What'll it be, Toots?".
This store, particularly the inside of the store, remind me of the Ralston General Store in Sanger, TX. How lovely!
Have a Beautiful Day.
Peace :)

nookworm said...

That looks like a wonderful place to visit for animal oriented supplies. Neat and sweet! A very welcoming aura.

Marie said...

Great place! Very interesting post! Keep those ducks fed, Theresa! :-)

Ms. A said...

Well, Toots... we certainly know how generous you are with those ducks!

Small City Scenes said...

I love feed stores although the ones here have updated so much they are now classy feed stores. They still smells like a feed store.

I wondered how much feed for them wasskly Whistlers.
MB

Karen S. said...

Wow, what a fun look into your feed store. I bet he's got quite an interesting view from that rocking chair, and does he carve wood while sitting there too?

Jocee said...

Interesting looking place, great rocking chair.

RedPat said...

That looks like a great place. Love the Toots sign.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

What a great place, it looks like a museum but fun.

Larry Ostby said...

I take great pleasure shopping in stores like that. It reminds me of how old I am. Thanks for the pics T.

messymimi said...

Tack, feed, and hardware! Just what the doctor (and the ducks!) ordered. That's the kind of place i love to visit, and buy from when i need things.

Cloudia said...

Dang!


Very cool, very local scene. Thanks for sharing




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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DIMI said...

What a cute little store,Tex!
You are so kind taking care your sweet ducks!
Dimi...

Kathy said...

With all those mouths to feed, you must be a frequent visitor! I love places like this.

Tom said...

Neat old stuff, I'll just set awhile! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Justin Carfagnini said...

Very cool. I love seeing vintage signs.

Gail said...

My kind of place!

Red said...

You buy your feed from one cool place.

Red said...

You buy your feed from one cool place.

SweetMarie said...

your critters are spoiled! I love it! and love this country feed store. :)

amanda | wildly simple said...

Looks like a good place to be a regular! :)
Lucky ducks.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful shop and veranda too.

Leslie said...

What a great looking place. I'm curious how much scratch feed is. I pay anywhere from $11something to $13 for a 50 pound bag.

Leovi Leovi said...

Great photos of this wonderful place, beautiful!!

Debby Ray said...

I love stores like this...so much history there too, no doubt. The rocker looks like a good one too...with LOTS of mileage :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

What a great store to pick up your critter supplies and enjoy the atmosphere. Love it!

Knipsa Passtscho said...

What a great place!
I think I could spend hours in there and still find something to look at. Love these kind of stores :))
Have a great day feeding your ducks
【ツ】Knipsa

Phil Slade said...

That looks like a great store to hang out in. Lots of photo opportunities for you there Theresa. I reckon those guys know how to keep their customers in there and spending money.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Bless your heart for feeding the ducks. I know what it costs just to feed some birds and my cats! Love a glimpse into the store. That porch looks like it could be a popular hangout for the locals to share some gossip!

Primitive Stars said...

What a great place, I would love to go there, nice rocker and fire.Blessings Francine

DJan said...

Really nice place! And I laughed at how your grumpy self sounded when ordering that feed, "Toots." :-)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your so sweet to feed them! Looks like an interesting store.

Robin Lamb said...

T, thanks to the lady with the deep pockets! Six bags a week! No wonder they hang around your place!

Midmarsh John said...

I've reached the age when a porch with a rocking chair looks very appealing.

Our photos said...

Wow, i like this store !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is just wonderful! Like something from another era -- I love everything about this place.

Sally said...

Yes, you are very kind to the critters! Love places like that one. :)

Melissa said...

Looks like a fun spot, and a nice front porch for resting.

Andrew Fulton said...

Haha! "Dang ducks"...
Now I know what you sound like xx

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh my, I love places like this! A link to the past, but still going strong. Character in the very bones of the place, never mind the people :) Beautiful!

Gail Dixon said...

Love the OK Toots sign! My mother used to call me toots when she was in a playful mood.

Brian King said...

Very cool! We don't have anything that "down home" here!

Lois said...

A real treasure trove of interesting things to photograph. Love that diner sign!

A Quiet Corner said...

I keep telling you...reach out to your local Division of Wildlife...perhaps they could assist!...:)JP

Pamela Gordon said...

That's an interesting store! I love the old rocker on the porch and the OPEN sign. Such a contrast.

Felicia said...

looks like my kind of place.

I'm surprised they don't know what you want by now.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I really should make a fire. I didnt'...

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Lucky ducks, what a great little feed store, love places with character.

bailey-road.com said...

The neon sign's a nice touch.

bj said...

I LOVE this post, Tex....
and I had a sweet aunt that my uncle called TOOTS. :)

The Queen Jester said...

I love your feed store. There's something just wonderful about these kinds of stores, I always like the way they feel and smell.

Margie said...

The real deal!

Stephanie said...

Great store with interesting things in it.

Randy said...

Love the rocker.

Bethany Carson said...

Oh wow, your ducks sound like they eat just about as much as our chickens! They should at least be paying you in eggs! Love the rocking chair out front and the old diner sign!

KB Bear said...

I love the old "diner" sign. It reminds me of the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes", with the whole story behind the old abandoned diner.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I would very much enjoy going through that store! :) How nice they have a fireplace!

Lindy

Pom Pom said...

I like that funky fireplace! You are so generous to feed the ducks.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Well, you certainly can use a hand for loading up your feed! Love that kind of stores.
Hugs,
Mariette

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I like the 'rocker' !

Linda said...

Six bags of feed? No wonder the ducks pose for you!

Paul said...

Lucky Whistlers, six bags of scratch!

A feed store with character, sounds like the type place to lean on the rail, drink a bit of coffee and talk about the latest.

How do you know it's true? Cause you heard it at the feed store of course!

Anita Davis said...

Fun shots! I do wonder though if maybe the owner of the feed store doesn't advertise in the duck community that the eats are good out at your place.

Barb said...

Toots - you are way to good to those Whistlers! I like the photos of the old porch.

Georgette Sullins said...

Fun place to hang out and get all the whistlers need.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a fun post! I like the feed stores that still look like that. We have some around here, but I've never before seen a rocking chair on their front porch. That's a great addition!

Kate said...

I enjoy browsing in feed stores when in Santa Fe. This one makes it very cozy place.

Lynne said...

Hometown Feed Store . . . Keeps it real!
Great sign . . . and your answer!

Jeevan said...

Interesting set of photos from the shop! I like that easy chair

carolann said...

Hello Tex. What a great shop. So quaint.

Thank you for your show and tell.


Like very much.

Rita said...

What a neat little store! :)

Mari said...

That's cool. All those that's inside the store speak much of the store owner. Love that last pic ... 'toots' server.

Amy Burzese said...

Love a feed/coop store. And I love "Toots"!!!

Small Kucing said...

I wonder whose sunglasses are those

Laura. M said...

Good store !!!

Ida said...

Sounds like a great store to explore. - Loving the old sign. She's got class.

Donna said...

Love the interesting old stuff. I could sure do a photo shoot there!

And those goofy ducks much appreciate your generosity!

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