Good Golly! Ghost town shelves get a new life! General Store Part 3

Good Golly! Ghost town shelves get a new life! General Store Part 3



adventure is in my blood finding treasures big or small and having fun is what it's all about with my wife Melissa and our three kids life is pretty full but there isn't a mountain we can't climb together this isn't your ordinary antique store my name is Alex Archibald and this is curiosity everyone while I'm back at the general store today just about well less than 10 days about eight days or so until I officially get the place again the owners have been kind enough to let us do a little work inside I can see they got the asbestos tents are all removed off of the addition let's see what the back addition looks like now that they've gone through and I don't know to be asbestos out of here I've never actually seen it fully emptied out yet wooden steps well it must be but it's sure a heck of a lot better so they've got some spots marked off on the floor it's nice to see the roof and get an idea of its condition doesn't look too bad I mean really I know there's some planking out there that's no good it will have to take care of but it doesn't look that bad it's not given you can see the day line through it though so we're probably gonna get lots of water in here until I get that refund it's the original outside of the building with the siding it looks like they had yeah they had like you can see where the old addition was and that's just thin drywall all it's gonna take to put that back to being a door and be cutting that out the concept with this back space is that I want to leave the ceiling open beam so it feels like you're in a shop I want to do the walls well very similar to what we have on the back here the vertical sort of slided would I'm gonna try and replicate that throughout now the one challenge I do have is that to do the ceiling properly you have to insulate obviously otherwise the heat would just go straight out I'm going to hire a professional roofing company to do the roof on this place because I don't want to have any water issues I want to make sure there's a warranty attached to it and just make sure that you know the investment is protected here I had a good conversation with them they said because the space is very small there should not be any challenge of insulating directly up on the roof because there wouldn't be enough heat or build-up to create any challenges with air flow so I think we're gonna be okay for the aesthetic that I'm looking for in this space next is gonna be the demo and starting to tear all this out but that's gonna happen in a future episode just kind of doing the planning and I'm waiting for Josh to show up today so we can work on the shelves everything inside the building unlock it and I've got some bins to clean out and there seems to be this chipboard sort of subfloor and as I'm give it a little poke here to see what's underneath it looks like there's a wooden subfloor into here a wooden plank floor I don't know if it's hardwood floors but you know it looks kind of decent underneath all that so we'll see if we can get back to that because that would be a nice a nice surface to the floor but it are you asking the inside is poisonous now yeah but three of us went in yeah I come to have a look inside we were trying to figure out what to do with windows and doors and that kind of stuff in here careful of the floor I was kind of peeling back this chipboard stuff there's wood plank underneath but there's holes there there's a hole there and the whole rest of this is like a bad plank okay so we got some rot on the bottom and then up around the door that I don't need that door there anymore that can go away this I want to try and open up this room as much as possible so it's one big space I might have to put like a pillar like a telescopic post or something in the middle you don't think so oh so that's just so like a garage basically yeah okay well the the plan here is to make this one big open space yeah and I want to leave the ceiling open like this and I talked to a roofing company they said because it's such a small space it won't actually do any kind of damage to the shingles if we insulate like we did at the potter's house and then he said you know for the space you have and the amount of times that your doors gonna be opening and closing the flow of air is gonna keep it out he said two-story home yeah you might have some trouble this place not so bad they used to be a furnace there and I'll probably have to fit I don't know how I'm gonna heat it in here yet that's gonna be another issue you know where I was looking online to see if maybe they made something to look like a pot-bellied stove it was actually like an electric furnace so I might just put a like the electric heater that looks like an antique stove in here yeah there I don't think they put out much heat though take that out all this rots gotta go what makes you think that [Laughter] this here is probably not good so we'll have to do something there but so this is not a huge deal of course you don't want to leave it like this no no hey at least the plus side is that when we look around the room there's only the one corner although all the rest of this stuff is pretty clean would like it doesn't look that bad it's just over by the door here yuck so I'm outside bringing the vacuum cleaner in to get ready to clean out some of the old bins over there and what do I see one of the theaters in the area has brought me this it's a little picture that they found at an architectural community center and it's all old General Stores so they thought well maybe that would be a nice thing to put this store so if I think that will I think we'll find a room for it somewhere it's a very thoughtful gift a very nice gesture and nice to know that the neighbors are certainly on board with the idea of having a little general store back in the neighborhood I talked to the property manager of this apartment building few weeks ago they said they were gonna move their gutters so they didn't drain right at my building you can see that's not happened yet I have to give them another call see what their time frame is for that because that is creating some major flooding issues for us in the basement the other issue I have had to be felt is that they're covering the windows now I need the shelving space there's no question about that my store is full right now and every square inch matters but I think there might be a way to well let me tell you my plan is and then hopefully it'll make sense here's what I'm thinking we're gonna move this cabinet all the way down I measured it looks like there should be enough room so it won't block that window that way this cabinet stays intact I don't have to cut or do anything I'm gonna build a little platform or get Josh in Dakota to build it up about that much so that it goes right up to the ceiling so it'll be floor-to-ceiling shelves right at the front of the store that way they can mount them directly to the wall and will be nice and sturdy so that's number one that should be really easy problem solved issue number two is this side as you can see there's another window here now this will be a little bit trickier like the other one we're gonna build a little platform raise it up to the ceiling but in this case I want to actually cut out a design pocket out where the window is gonna be maybe with an arch or something and I'll see if I can't do glass shelving so that I can put products on there that will maybe they'll be glasses or bottles or things of that nature so the light can pass through and I'll still have the shelves and they'll be usable that's gonna be a little bit of work for Josh Jinja code on this side that one when they get here we'll just shove it down and get them to build it up that'll be done and then it'll just be worrying about this side over here I'm a little bit bummed out to have to cut it because those planks aren't sort they're not like nailed in in between they actually are full-length planks all the way down and just kind of seem to cut them up but we have to make it look like it works in this space and I don't really want to block the windows if I have to you know display things on there that's fine and there's no issue with egress because there are plenty of accesses in-and-out somebody was saying online well maybe you can't block them because of fire access well the windows don't even have to open and close they're not required to open and close we have a door there we've got a door there there's gonna be a door back there so we're gonna be well covered for entrances and exits in the building but I do want to look proper and look nice so that's gonna be what I'm gonna have the guys work on today okay so we can't slide it down apparently because it's gonna be sticking over the window too far I missed doctor I didn't have a measuring tape he came prepared with the measuring tape I was just like paces pace it kind of looks like it might so we can leave it where it is which is fine so you've already cut the vent hole so what we need you to do I guess is figure how do we build a platform for this or something to raise it up all the way of the ceiling and then we can cut out the spot where the window is going to be mm-hmm did that work because you could cut this out on the spot right or do you want what you want to take it down I use a lot taking it down I would take it down just a thing it could be more okay so today do you want to take this thing down measure well the benefit of the these cupboards being down at the end-user hiccups over there yeah what do you mean me is scary how do you scare somebody who thrives on horror films okay show you like a picture of like a cute little bunny and you like customers will be able to reach in and grab stuff out of there which is perfect because I can that's what it's meant for be good oh pretty sturdy I think so while the guys are inside working on the shelf I ran out and I picked up my zoning sign now that's probably one of the most important things I could have done today according to zoning bylaws I have to have this thing up so people can read it and see what's happening the neighborhood it's a big big gamble to purchase a building and not have the correct zoning in place however I checked with the Community League I checked with the city the offices nobody seems to think there's gonna be any kind of challenge so I feel like I did my due diligence I feel like it was just zoned incorrectly because clearly it's not an apartment building that's what it was owned as before so we're gonna put it back to its proper zoning and fingers crossed everything goes well but it's up and in place I'm gonna go see other guys doing inside you're like a human ant just moving giant things all in your own so we opted to shorten this shelf down a little bit and it's gonna go down to the end we move the counter down that way so they've just been busy notching and getting ready to use the original hardware so that it doesn't look like we've just talked too much a brand new plywood or anything on the end so it's gonna look I'm headed to Home Depot right now to see if I can find a couple extra pieces to trim like this 100 years old don't know if they're gonna have something similar or not do my best to try and match it up what I need is crown molding it's the type that basically goes not straight up and down it goes on an angle you can see how the top part slots so it's crown molding they solve some here in a fiber board which we could probably paint to match a couple bucks a foot I mean worst comes the worst that stuff could work don't know if they have it in a wood oak would be nice little bits you know about twice as expensive but I might have to get Josh to come back and see I don't have a truck with me so buying 20 feet of this stuff will not work for my little car today but I'm optimistic at least that they should have something amongst all this trim that will probably do the trick so this is what's happening right now we've propped it up to the ceiling so that it runs along the top edge there that way it clears the window hi everyone and welcome to today's episode I am in a lovely home of a lovely lady named Janine who's showing me around she's going to be moving from her property and as it happens when you go to two homes and sometimes the state's people are downsizing I've come here to look at a very few specific things we've started putting some stuff together which I'll show you in a second but I'm amazed by the quantity of small cool items which I'll show you in a second well Janine thank you so much for having me by this morning we got a nice lovely and beautiful day so we are looking around at some of your treasures but I noticed in this showcase this appears to be a lot of miniature would this be considered dollhouse miniatures it looks much more detailed than just for a regular doll notes though this stuff isn't for children it's more for adults right and there's collector clubs are there not that yes it's called ME II and yet mminton miniature enthusiasts of the Edmonton have you been a member of their club for a while now I didn't join last year because you renew yearly because I had a lot of health issues I think I'll be back this year so you not just I mean you collect this but you also make a lot you said to finish like yes yeah I don't have a picture but one of the girls at the club does and we went to a place called I think it was in Saint Albert and you refinished all the wood on it and yeah did you do the sort of the wallpapering design on the back of the cabin well it's just lovely and I mean look at the detail on the little plates and dishes if you didn't know that I was pointing this at a miniature you think that's the real thing and I guess that's the whole idea with miniatures is to kind of fool your senses into thinking of looking at something now I see you've got a little friend down here you just pulled newspaper my daughter and son-in-law and grandkids brought that back from your holidays last year well it's gonna be me in a few years I'm sure and to start growing the mustache out now so of all the furniture and all the things we're looking at what is sort of your favorite item to make or collect well I need that fuss of flowers back there that's a lady from Saskatchewan the king to win apart so you made that did you make the flowers on your own yeah so what do you make fun of those how long would it take you to make of Oz like that full of flowers when we spent good day quite often the club will bring somebody in to do something like that so you spend a day learning how to do it now you've built many other little miniatures too oh there's the liquor cabinet it looks like ready for a party isn't it yeah and you set the scale on these miniatures is mainly wine scale right 141 212 I'm sorry I guess 140 a to be quite small painted that so you painted this you you reupholstered that little chair and that takes skill just as much skill as it would a regular upholster to be able to stretch it and attach it and make sure it all looks nice you did a great job you ever thought about moving into full sized furniture because it looks like you got a talent spring did you start with a bolster isn't that nice in the same place I painted that one well now aside for the miniatures we put a few things aside in the basement here that we look we're gonna chat about one is a candlestick phone which has been turned into a lamp but it's still what's nice about is its candle stick but it has a rotary on it which is a nice transitional piece because later on of course they would just go to the built-in handset and you wouldn't see the rotary with the candlestick style so that's kind of cool somebody's turned into a lamp but still interesting this is the piece I kind of came out for now my grandfather great-grandfather used to operate steam tractors in in Canada here clearing land for the railways and that is the headlight off of was it your family you're gonna focus I wonder if they knew each other you never know there could have been too many people work in steam tractors back then it's been retuned lovely piece though and of course a ship's compass and some Crocs all sorts of neat things we're gonna go to the garage anything can have a look and see if there's anything else out there but already we're definitely finding some not miniatures but some one-to-one scale items that I think will work nicely in the in the store and that's costume jewelry with Sherman I always like these little well I'm not meaning to say that because they're little but these are you know postcards sometimes they're from circuses or they could be from things that were considered oddities at the time in that case it was a family of people who were of shorter stature you would say and they made a little card about it so stuff like that I'm always on the hunt for so well let's go out and have a look-see so in the garage we've got this lovely old cabinet it's probably close to a hundred years old I'd say judging by the hardware now you're using it for garden stuff which is just fine it can be used for whatever and this is the type of door that we replicated at The Potter's House of course something like this could possibly have a home in the new general store I just have to figure out where so of course with your permission I'll contact you later on and we'll see if maybe we can come up with a place for this and I'd have to bring a bigger vehicle too but that's a lovely piece thank you for showing me easy to price this one because it was at a yard sale before so that's got a $10 price on it was actually very fair that's an antique cobblers tool we put your shoe on you can hammer your new sole on but right now it ain't got no soul there's no shoe on it but this is my little variety of things that put together so now well if we can chat about pricing I can bring these back well a successful trip I ended up with a lot of interesting items we got to see a very cool collection of miniatures she's invited me over with Abigail because as you guys might know Abigail got an old blonde B dollhouse so maybe we'll be able to pick out some furniture for Abigail for her dollhouse in the future maybe a future episode you never know folks at Goodwill were nice enough to set aside a massive pail of pennies for me which I'm gonna try and use for a craft project to the shop but while I'm here I'm gonna have a look around and see if there's any treasures that I can find and possibly bring back because you can't come to a thrift shop without seeing with a guy one thing that's decent quality that you find at thrift stores all the time is leaded glass now crystal and crystal cut crystal like this is really expensive you want to buy brand new but of course it's not really in fashion so even this piece which is a nice polish applause what do they have on at 25 bucks imagine the store that probably would closer to 80 or so so some good discounts on that if that's what you're into lots of little knickknacks even a super random oil painting of a guy who looks like he's a scientist with the microscope that is actually a real oil painting I mean I'm not sure why you would want that somewhat terrifying maybe that's why I need to have it it's only ten bucks that seems like an activist deal I also see some baseball cards from the looks of things and these are early enough 1981 that these were not hugely collectible and you know they haven't been overly mass-produced around 1988 or so is when they really started to make tons of stuff and you know like these 1990s a produc not as collectible but these I'm gonna pick them up and it's only 10 bucks for all of them what a bargain and the painting which I at first thought was kind of terrifying is actually a portrait that was commissioned in about 1927 of dr. Burkhardt who invented I think it was lack to y'all medicine and had all kinds of Art Deco images in and around his house this is a replica of it but it is a real oil painting in someone well if you're into art deco and a doctor or really like this guy that'd be painting for you but hey ten bucks couldn't pay me ten bucks to paint something like that back at the store and last week Josh Dakota and I were able to get the shelves more or less in place and yes for all those asking we're not blocking the windows anymore there's a new plan I'm open to suggestions especially they're good ones I will figure out the shelving situation some other way but yes it will be nice people open close the windows but today I'm gonna work on painting the inside of the ceiling I've decided against the tin roof in here even though that would make it look pretty cool it's really expensive I'd be like three thousand bucks to do a tin roof in here maybe down the road but right now I need to spend that kind of money on renovating the back half of the building so I'm saving my bucks we're just gonna do a paint job I picked sort of a nice I think it's called like ivory green or something along those lines anyway it's a nice heritage color and I think it'll set off the wood tones and earth tones in here and give us a little bit of richness to the roof so I'm gonna start editing the ceiling before the guys get here because they'll be working on that side where the shelves are and I've got to get that done before they get here I'm starting to get some of the edging done near the shelves because pretty soon the guy's gonna be here so I've gotta get all this done all the way back so that I can roll that I don't get in their way so I'm just gonna do this side first and I'm gonna do all around the fixtures and then I can roll out the ceiling and I'm pretty sure that will give us a nice contrast a nice feature in the ceiling only another 800 square feet to go of a truck with no exhaust can it be it is it's Josh and Dakota they made it nice guys ready to get these shelves done today oh don't be done I like his confidence what about your confidence you feelin good are you full of strawberry blueberry what is that it's blueberry palm mmm looks good okay I'm just painting inside I have been busy painting the ceiling above my head here this lovely sort of green and I thought it was it's ivy green obviously not ivory I don't know i was thinkin is ivy green Josh & Joe Kota are behind me working on the shelf and as you can see not to screen the window there's turning it up standing it and getting it ready in place how's it going over there it's a little too short on that side it's okay you seem like a guy who knows how to fix a problem like that so what's your solution that's how you know it's a good glue job and didn't break he's about and a little heavier than the bigger okay and I see you've cut out the space for the shelf and I'm gonna get on after I'm done edging the the rest of the ceiling up there I'm gonna come down here and start getting the shelf I guess brackets or some spots in place so I'll get on that a couple minutes so this as per Josh's suggestion will become a watch showcasing I thought it would look good in that little space there what do you guys think yeah it looked like it's meant to be there because we had that weird opening anyway yeah yeah well and the thought is that I could also put my other clocks and stuff on the shelves around it so I could do like a theme a time a theme of time this is freaking kind let's see it looks huge now there to help me camera up to it but that is probably josh is so concerned with this he's vlogging and I'm vlogging on it well this is like life creating art looking watch my channel and then watch his you'll see the both but that is one to I will agree that's a tiny McDonald's hamburger well let's see the patty well Dakota yeah I take that top off take the lid off now you're mostly just bonding here that's a lot of carbs you're eating three layers of bread with like a smear of hamburger in there but didn't you leave that in the car like all day I was in the car all day maybe a trunk yeah you gotta allow for shrinkage top part of the shelves are going in we held those up earlier Josh and Dakota got them screwed into the wall now it's just the final parts on the bottom you can see the guys got the case in place not meaning to rhyme in time but I am yeah now I got to start putting the shelves in the bottom parts are stained and we left this really wide really open here it's about 24 inches probably for another shelf reason being then if I get slot machines or big items I can put them on that shelf to me nice and sturdy and it's gonna look fantastic so I have a controversial question for you what do you think of Bob Ross is paintings so Josh does a lot of portraits of people have you ever done a bob ross paintings like a portrait of bob ross with that big afro and everything because of the sheer amount of paint you need to fill out the afro in the beard pretty much grew up walking we were talking about art earlier josh is a fan of is it Godard Godard the Olive guy the guy it's everything's in all of like uses there on top of a martini glass and he's driving a NASCAR that all can do everything Bob Ross I think wonderful human being and I think that's the true appeal of Bob Ross as the person he is as opposed to the art that he does I still think we competed a Bob Ross portrait though okay so this is the general idea here I've got the little brackets in place on both sides are all nailed in then I just have to put a little extra stain up there and then the shelves will be able to rest on top I'm gonna leave them loose not a lemon so that I can take them off and move the shell around later there we go in one cabinet that was bound for the trash has been recycled into a showcase that will have all sorts of wonderful interesting watches inside of it great use of a neat old item and practical – hey I am starting to get the stable I'm going to be putting a fresh coat of stain on the top surfaces of the old cabinet here just to tie it all together we've got the antique wall clock turned into a shelf and the guys are down at the other end Dakota is selecting karma place to play next a little Radiohead action while Josh is working on you're getting the legs on play the support yeah so the whole idea was to make it look like this shelving system had been here pretty much forever and it's I think it's we're starting get that effect it would have been a custom building originally the one thing we have to do and I don't know if we'll get it done today is continue the wood along the top and connect it and then I'm not find some crown molding to go all the way along so I just got a call from Josh he's out at the hardware store at Home Depot looking for the crown molding for the top he found some but it's quite a bit more expensive than if you just went to a shop that does nothing but trim challenges okay one the the bonus of getting it later would be it's cheaper the downside is that we don't get it finished tonight and I have to make a tough choice and that's to spend more money on the materials because I have to factor in that these guys are already set up with all their tools all the equipment is here right now and there's a certain amount of labor that goes into getting this all set up so it's going to end up being less expensive in the long run or equal to if we just pay the difference and get it done tonight so he's picking that stuff up gonna come back but you can see the shelves it coming along nicely I've been working on staining and Jacobi's bastard hammering away we have decided to use the space under the window recycling and we'll stain that to match but recycling some of the old wood and turning this into a desk area so I'll move the cash wrap over in this area and then I can have an office chair there and do some little paperwork and stuff so making practical use out of our space time I'm gonna start cleaning up I'm gonna gather all the scrap wood like a little squirrel I guess a beaver hose don't gather up his chance to scrap wood so that's it the shelves are pretty well done other than waiting for the stain to dry and a few little touches here and there but they look fantastic so guys thanks again very much for helping out on this we're gonna have you help out lots on this series but what do you think of the shelves so far perfect for what we had to work with 100 years you're saying earlier how like not everything made a long time ago apparently it was made better than nowadays and that's definitely true right did they use better materials because you could even I mean we're saying that because when we got the shelves they were kind of crooked and that's the way they were built oh yeah like a really long we could have been here like hours and hours trying to get it perfect but to the shelves defense they lasted all these years and we're still using them a hundred years later so and that's because it's what is it cedar mostly it's either an FIR yeah not chipboard exactly it would never have lasted well let's have a look at these shelves so the shelves now go all the way up to the ceiling the windows are cased in we've left the bottom portion a little bit bigger so I can put larger items or signs or big stuff as it comes in on the bottom because it's generally heavy and it can sit on the bottom we got the old wall-mounted clock which was missing its guts I bought that the other day converted that into a little showcase and it fits just perfect in that space and really these shelves I mean I'll try and get the perspective here they are massive they the ceilings in here about 10 feet and they go all the way up to the ceiling though absolutely fantastic with all the old grain bins and once I get some other showcases and shelves in here it's gonna really start looking great well guys it looks fantastic exceeds expectations and I think my original worry was that by blocking the windows I'd lose out on that shelf space but I'll do what I originally was planning on doing the first time around and putting something you know interesting ornate in those spaces now this one window is now turning to my little work desk we built that little pocketed area and we've recycled the old wood was it hard to cut it down and grow honestly and that was the best choice too because it flow in the you had one challenge and that's that there was little plugs he had to put it was a little bug grate which were cut out for the for the backs of the cabinetry then they had the slats going right back last so yeah that was just a but it'll do a good job I think and a space to put your knees if you're sitting there and have to you know cut all those taxes and buying antiques and whatever I got to be over there so guys it looks fantastic thank you very much so we'll be back again the next time of you guys are helping me out it's probably going to be either to build a little sitting area at the front I thought I might have to wait until I get another picture since we know how to space it out but we're gonna start tearing into that other space which is a full-on complete build so you ready for that oh yeah that's okay great and so the folks at home know your Instagram and YouTube my image gallery and who's that and YouTube is my name Josh Alexander my Instagram is madness photography MHz and Ezz photography it's a same with the same with my Facebook as well sit and maybe any is easy the target hey awesome and of course you can follow us online here at YouTube or curiosity Edmonton CA or curiosity Inc ye G on Instagram that's the best place to find updates on what's happening new items come in the store or on Facebook you can contact us through there we'll do our very best get back to you so thanks very much for watching this episode stay tuned for more as we start a complete rebuild of this space this is one part of it a big part of it but there's so much more to go in a whole other building to complete so stay tuned for those episodes and we'll see y'all soon bye for now

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