I-Mockery Pays A Visit To Antique Row In Pomona!
by: -RoG-

While I've always been a big fan of hunting for oddities at flea markets and yard sales, I haven't done too much antiquing over the years. That all changed when I recently had the chance to check out Antique Row in Pomona, CA and decided to make the most of it. Antique Row is a string of multi-floor antique shops all closely bundled together on East Second Street in Pomona and they're absolutely filled with just about anything you can think of from yesteryear. You could easily spend an entire day here and not finishing checking out all the goods these shops have to offer. Well, I didn't have an entire day, but I did have a few hours and managed to snap photos of some of the best treasures I could find, so let's take a look...

From the outside, Antique Row looks like your average street in a small town...

...but when you enter the shops, it's as if the contents of every attic in America were dumped into them.

And what better way to start off my interesting finds than with the horrifying stare of this evil gap-toothed doll.

Hanky-panky card games? Oh so risque!

A bootleg Mr. T punching puppet. Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool!

A monkey with fireworks is always a dangerous thing.

An old promotional Cool Spot plush, discarded amongst some other random trinquets.

I've never seen a Laffun Head lady until now.
Turns out they were novelties from back in the seventies that squirted out water when you pulled on the tie.

Joe Camel mugs... for those who need some nicotine flavoring with their hot cocoa.

I guess some couple decided it would be best to pass on Dr. Ruth's
knowledge to others rather than keep it all to themselves.

If you're a fan of old sports memorabilia, there was plenty to be found. I haven't watched baseball since
I was 15 or so, and I'm guessing my old Jose Canseco cards aren't worth jack. Yay steroids!

The Zig-Zag Comic Express wind-up toy train.
The guy in the caboose is being robbed at gunpoint while everybody else has a good ol' time.

A vintage Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus tiger light! Man, I haven't seen one of these since I was a kid.
For those of you who never went, these things were a staple of their circus and every kid wanted to walk away with one.

Framed pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Clint Eastwood, Patrick Swayze and more. Excellent.

An old Corgi brand Daily Planet helicopter, for the kids who were
more interested in covering the news than creating it with Superman.

If you're looking for old toy cars featuring WCW wrestlers, they've got you covered.

Another staple of my childhood holidays in New York - the Hess Christmas truck! Since 1964, Hess gas stations have been selling new toy truck sets every year during the holidays and we always collected them as kids. Now they come with everything from helicopters to jet airplanes, but the truck is always at the core of each set. I'm sure it seems like a somewhat odd thing for people to collect, but it's certainly no stranger than...


A Cabbage Patch Kid and Mickey Mouse doll try their best to ignore the creepy nude doll with the chest speaker holes.

A framed Morton Salt ad? Sign me up!

She doesn't look like she trusts that jack-o-lantern and I can't say I blame her.

Wanna class up your glassware? All you gotta do is add a little Lando, baby.

A peculiar looking clown ashtray.

Not sure why people would want ashtrays that look like either of these things.
Not exactly the kind of thing you'd want to stare at on a regular basis. Smokers... you so wacky!

Hula dancers, a snake bite kit and a bottle of Kickapoo Joy Juice. Sounds like a party just waiting to happen!

There's still more treasures from Antique Row to see!
Click here to continue onward to page 2!


Reader Comments

Basement Monkey
May 18th, 2011, 11:25 AM
Every time I look at old plastic lunch boxes the first thing I always remember is the smell of stale peanut butter sandwiches and lays ranch potato chips.
The face of trapped wind.
May 18th, 2011, 03:15 PM
I would sucker punch my grandmother for those boxes of Garbage Pail Kids. Plus I'm not 100% sure but I'm pretty sure the Hamburglar cup is the correct one.
Ba-dum-tish. RIMSHOT!
May 18th, 2011, 03:42 PM
That Barnum & Bailey flashlight brings back memories. Damn, as kids we wanted the stupidest shit... and our parents complied.
Full of Country Goodness
May 18th, 2011, 04:00 PM
I would sucker punch my grandmother for those boxes of Garbage Pail Kids. Plus I'm not 100% sure but I'm pretty sure the Hamburglar cup is the correct one.

You have chosen... wisely.
Is a thin donkey
May 18th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Depending on how much they cost, I'd be all over the Tommy pinball machine and/or the Cool Spot plush.
Forum Chaos Lord
May 18th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Clearly RoG walked away with the best prize.
Cranberry Everything
May 19th, 2011, 01:14 AM
Wow, that's quite a fine collection of stuff. That wheelchair is terrifying!
Forum Virgin
May 19th, 2011, 03:19 AM
Fonzie says: Aaaaayyyyy to all a good pipe, whoa!
dead end
May 19th, 2011, 03:35 AM
i'm a huge sucker for 70s era toys and old electronic nonsense :< there's no shortage of thrift and antique places near me but the desire is eternal.
May 19th, 2011, 08:25 AM
Wanna class up your glassware? All you gotta do is add a little Lando, baby.
Works every time
Forum Virgin
May 19th, 2011, 10:46 AM
The doll in the third pic on page 4 is a Little Orphan Annie doll from the 80s movie, not a Raggedy Ann
May 19th, 2011, 07:05 PM
This reminds me of Historic Ellicott City! Man, I gotta do a photoventure there this summer. Awesome place, -RoG!-
Cat Scratch Fever!
May 19th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Wanna class up your glassware? All you gotta do is add a little Lando, baby.

Then Fill that baby up with some Colt 45! Now that's pimpin
Im one good looking Troll
May 20th, 2011, 04:16 AM
I once had The Zig-Zag Comic Express wind-up toy train it was place on top of my birthday cake but once I had wind that toy train up that same day i had got it it ended up breaking right in front of me... how odd.
May 20th, 2011, 04:17 AM
Great article! I love it when you go to strange places.

Those hillbilly teeth are the most disturbing thing by far. I mean they aren't in a package or anything! Buying a pair of those is like playing Russian Roulette with herpes for a bullet!
That damn kid
May 21st, 2011, 03:20 PM
My dad has had one of those Joe Camel mugs since before I was born, it feels surreal seeing another one
Dschingis Khan
May 22nd, 2011, 06:14 PM
I was disappointed that modern physical culture isn't like the 1896 guy too. That's why I bought my own weight set. It came with a singlet.
May 23rd, 2011, 05:21 AM
NINJA PATROL! Great finds, Roger!
Forum Virgin
May 23rd, 2011, 01:46 PM
Nude batgirl takes the cake!! haha. great antique hunting.
May 24th, 2011, 03:29 AM
that daffy duck hair dryer is rad
May 28th, 2011, 02:06 AM
I still have that Ghostbusters lunchbox, except mine is cadet blue and in much worse condition. =3

I have a few of those Three Investigators books, too. Those exact titles, even.

It's not even Batgirl (the colours are wrong), it's a gender-flipped Batman...
Master of Awesome Sauce!
Jun 1st, 2011, 06:00 PM
Awesome stuff! I still have one of those pencil sharpeners!

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