If you are looking for antiques, collectibles, or vintage items there is only one place in Warrensburg to go. Those Were the Days, located on Pine Street, was started in 1992 by Larry Dilley, 73, of Warrensburg. Dilley, a retired math professor at UCM, is currently away on a hunting trip. Employee Melissa Rapp, 57, of Warrensburg, said that Dilley opened the shop for his wife who liked antiquing and collecting. Rapp said that Dilley first opened a smaller shop on BB Highway, and in 1994 he opened the shop in its current location. Those Were the Days is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., said Rapp. Rapp, who has been a dealer at the shop for 15 years, said that there isn’t much competition with other shops because they offer everything. “Dealers can rent booth space and stock their booth with their items,” Rapp said. “They can put anything except alcohol, guns, and food in their booths.” Rapp said as items in the booths sell, the store collects the money. At the end of the month the store adds up the amount earned and subtracts it from the rent. “What is great about this shop is that people can by usable items,” Rapp said. “The items people buy are less expensive than new items, but they are in good shape.” It is a good place to find items that aren’t made anymore, said Rapp. A variety of customers come to the shop on a daily bases, said Rapp. “We have low income customers, such as college students, antique buyers and collectors,” Rapp said. “It is a great place for people buying on a budget. Rapp said there technically aren’t employees at the shop. Fourteen dealers help at the shop, and for every hour they work the money is subtracted from their monthly rent. “We get a lot of returning customers,” Rapp said. “Some customers we see two to three times a week.” The busiest time of year for the store, said Rapp, is about two days before Halloween. The store typically slows down during the summer...
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