The Monday morning after winter break.

The snow creaked beneath our feet like only a frigid morning could bring. Rubbing the holiday crust out of our eyes we loaded up into the old Ford truck and set out to resume our normal Monday morning school drop off routine. As we pulled up to school something looked different. No busses, no kids and not a soul to be found. We looked at each other like we just saw the ghost of holidays past. You see, sometimes our local school district tacks an extra day off onto an already long 2 week winter break. I’m sure we received a notice at some point explaining the subtraction of this Monday from the school calendar but to Pearl and I, it was news to us.

So what did we do? We threw on our snow boots, packed up some hot chocolate, brushed off the snow in the bed of the truck and decided we’d hit the antique picking together. Sometimes the best history class for a 7 year old is spending a day digging thru pieces of american history with her dad. 

Enjoy the photo essay below of our day picking in the snow.

The moment we realized "No School!"


Time to brush off the old Ford.


A quick geography lesson with an old globe bank we found.


A little hot cocoa break in the back of the pickup.


Unloading a few of the pieces we found.

The First Pick.

The first pick took us down to a little town south of Denver called Castle Rock. The name comes from a castle tower-shaped butte near the center of town. 

During the late 1800's Castle Rock had a very active Rhyolite quarrying industry. Castle Rock was founded in 1847. When the train depot was constructed the town had a significant boom with both the Denver and Rio Grande Railway servicing the area. 

We found some great pieces down in this small historic town. The Castle Rock Feed & Supply Co. is a great visit and FYI, they sell Chickens for $5.00 each. 

Check out a few of our finds below.


Late 1800's Troemner country store scale with original paint. 

Workbench from the 1890's. It has the original vise, screw driver and tool holders still installed. The patina and history this piece has in it is incredible. 

Each of the items we find will appear in the Store section of "The Dock" with studio shot full color photos, dimensions, price and all known history.  You'll also be able to see each of these pieces in person at the Studio Como showroom in Denver.