Announcing the new online shop for Upstate New York collectibles and fun vintage things from all over the state!
by Chris Clemens
UPDATE: December 7, 2019
After a handful of years of running the online shop and culling my personal collection of Upstate New York collectibles, the shop here is now closed. But, the collection is still in need of slimming, so you’ll find a lot of items listed on eBay!
To take a look through the list of remaining items, you can find the Exploring Upstate eBay shop here.
You may have seen my post on Facebook last week about meeting Ron ‘Cookie’ Cook just outside of Fonda. If you did, you already know I have a penchant for stopping along the road for souvenirs and other Upstate New York collectibles. I have always had a bad habit of being somewhere and thinking, “I’m gonna need that coffee mug to remember this place”. Except once I get home I remember that I already have about forty coffee mugs. And, like everyone else, I can only use one at a time anyway!
As a result, my collection of souvenirs and collectibles from around the state has probably gotten a little unmanageable.
Knowing, of course, that I will only continue to practice the same compulsive actions of picking and finding my way through souvenir shops, garage sales and flea markets, I decided it was time to make a little room on the shelves in my office.
With that being said, it’s time to officially announce the Exploring Upstate Collectibles Online Shop!
I’ve pulled a bunch of stuff from my personal collection of memorabilia, ephemera, antiques and stuff from around the state. These things I was able to emotionally part with and determine it was time they got a new home–yours.
As you already know, history is important, so you’ll find some background on the item in the descriptions.
Upstate New York Collectibles
So, if you’ve been looking for an authentic Victor Coffee mug after reading my post, here’s your chance.
Or if you liked the story about Agloe so much that you wished you could have a map where it was included, now is your time!
If you have a bottle that you can’t seem to find an opener for, you can now use a vintage one.
It’s not easy parting with the stuff I’ve collected, but I take solace in knowing that Exploring Upstate followers are just as excited as I am about places to visit in our region. I know you’ll take care of this stuff just as carefully as I have. Plus, you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.
If you’re in the Rochester area and want to save on shipping, I’d be happy to meet up. Happy travels and safe shopping!!
Chris Clemens is the Founder/Publisher of Exploring Upstate. From his hometown in Rochester, he spends as much time as possible connecting with the history, culture, and places that make Upstate New York a land of discovery. Follow him on Twitter at @cpclemens