The Not So New Store, maintained by Pope County Historical Society, is located on the corner of Main and Monroe in the Flynn Insurance building. It is open for business Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to Noon, and 9:30 to 2:00 on Saturdays.
The Store was created in 1966 when a charter was granted to the Society, and members decided to raise funds for a museum to preserve the rich history of the county.
The late Mary Harner Trovillion suggested holding Saturday rummage sales which had proved their worth in raising funds for Boy Scouts. The Pierce building on Market Street was rented, and the business was first called "The Rummage Room."
It was largely through the proceeds of this store that the Society was able to purchase the Madge Trovillion home on Columbus Avenue; and, following its loss by fire in 1987, were able to acquire the new Museum, the former First Presbyterian Manse on Main Street. The group also purchased the store and lot on Market Street where the Department of Public Aid Office is now located (in a new building).
In 1989 the old building became so deteriorated that relocation was necessary and the store moved to the Masonic Hall (which was sold and is now Cupid's Nest). In 1995 the Not So New moved to its present location.
The hundreds of items on sale are solely from donations of area citizens (and some from far distant places). Most popular sales items are children's clothing, toys, books, shirts, blouses, jeans, knickknacks, kitchenware, and other small items. No furniture-we do not have the space.
We salvage buttons and zippers; shop and cleaning rags are packaged and sold. Surplus clothing is given to church missions and other charities. Local churches and welfare agencies often refer clients to us for help.
Since 1990 we have become part of the Chamber of Commerce tourism service. Our staff maintains a telephone information service and helps distribute maps and brochures provided by the Chamber and Main Street Golconda.
This service is all provided by volunteers-- at present we have ten regular workers, plus two men who help move items as needed.
The Society has been able to buy and restore the old Watson Hardware building which opened as a museum April 2003. We have helped restore the front of the Ambulance Hall, purchased one of the vintage lamp posts for Main Street, and restored the Davidson Log Cabin, after moving it from the Azotus neighborhood. We have also published three volumes of Pope County History, repaired First Presbyterian Church's stained glass windows, have given funds for the fire department, to the Golden Circle, and other various community projects. The Society has also established a $30,000 educational scholarship at the Pope County Community High School. All has been made possible by receipts of the small Not-So-New Store.
Mildred B. McCormick, Manager
April 25, 1999
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