The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity shop still exists. This is where I found the old duck decoy that I need for my next River Series pouch.
Just like the shop, the decoy looks like it was a real good one back in its day. I wonder if the decoy was carved by one of the famous makers here along this stretch of the Illinois, and from browsing in the shop, I get the feeling that many great treasures have passed over its counter tops for the lucky ones that were there at the right time and knew what to look for. The old decoy is in pretty run down shape now, kind of like the shop. Somewhere along the line an over exuberent hunter shot its head off, but using his backwater skills he was able to cobble up a repair, and Im sure he used it to keep luring in ducks for years afterwards. With the same determination to save the run down antique shop, the owner keeps at fixing it up and cobbling it back together too. Im sure his shop, like some kind of decoy itself will continue to lure treasure hunters as well. Look for a photo of the old decoy here soon.