MONTICELLO, Maine — It may be an cliche, but there is plenty of truth to the adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Just ask Dan and Ronnie Stauffer of Houlton, proprietors of Aroostook County Pickers, an antiques store located on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello. The Stauffers purchased the antiques business from Dave Cohen in April and have spent the past few months organizing and categorizing more than 3,000 items found in the store.
“What we are trying to do here, is represent our business as it would have looked at the turn of the century,” Dan Stauffer said. “Should you be a farmer, we have everything you’d need for your farm or household goods.”
Rooms inside the Route 1 establishment are broken down by categories such as kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom items.
“It’s all stuff people can still use,” Stauffer said. “For the most part, things are priced under $20.”
While there certainly are plenty of bargain items, some things in the store are merely for viewing.
“Some of the items in here are not for sale,” Stauffer said. “That has a tendency to annoy some customers. But I suppose if the price was right I would consider. It’s hard to put a price on some things. You collect them, but then you might reach a point in your life when it’s time to move on.”
One of the higher-end products inside the store is a Fortress Crawford wood-coal stove in perfect working condition. Another interesting item is sign taken from Loring Air Force Base warning visitors, “Cameras are prohibited around aircraft on the base.”
One of his prized possessions, though, is a World War I U.S. Army cannon heater.
“You will probably only see others like this in a museum,” he said. “This heater actually saw battle in World War I.”
Another item he won’t part with is a pristine Aroostook Railroad hat from the 1960s that has never been worn.
For more information on Aroostook County Pickers, call 538-1665 or stop in the shop, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Monday on 641 Highway One, Monticello.