Clarke's Collectibles & Lunchbox Museum News


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3674 E Hwy 20
Nice, California, Lake County



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Update March 2014

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We have been busy and are now a picker paradise with our 29 years of collecting. The article I wrote was published Lunchboxes and the Action Figures that match, in Antique Backroads V 7! Look for it here!.


We were also mentioned in the book Ultimate Guide to Metal Lunch Boxes on Amazon here!. We have over 100,000 vintage retro items for sale. Especially mint in box dolls, toys, figures. It is just too fun in the museum plus our doubles are now on sale, too. We love meeting great people who enjoy our collections and buy items for their own displays at home or in their offices. Our V and other lunchboxes went down to Paley Center in Beverly Hills for an anniversary celebration of Warner Brothers. They just sent us a thank you note that the V is the hit of the exhibit. We were in the Washington Post here! We are putting Nice on the map. Love it!!! We have a new miniature, novelty, tobacco specialty box section. Just purchased the Space Corp box featured with Swiss Miss in an ad. Finding lots of rare boxes, right here in Lake County. We continue to be written about here and there. I was in Collectors News now known as Treasures in the Sept. 2011 issue. After the Record Bee, Lake County News and Sacramento Bee did articles when I opened, my shop went UPI mode. It was also picked up with press release articles in USA Today and New York Times. Email us below or call us if you want a private tour on other days 707-695-7374. Everyone has been so supportive and they always leave with a happy memory from something in the store. It seems they enjoy my stuff as much as I have over the years. Here are just a few items on display or for sale:



We now have the wall and ceiling shelves up, a marquee area in the front, holding another grouping plus a fabulous display of my Ponytail vinyl collection as well as knockoff accessories. The museum also features a replica of Laughing Sally, the infamous Playland giggling goddess. We put hydraulics on her back and connected a coin op machine, to make her laugh for you nonstop. A friend of ours gave us a tape of her famous laugh which plays on a tape player inside her base. Each time a quarter goes in the coin op machine, she moves up and down laughing hysterically. She was originally designed by recycle artist Poe Desmuke. We restored, redressed and mechanized her for your pleasure. We call her Dixie Ha Ha. She is a buxom beauty over 7 feet tall with a 68 inch waist. Miss Ha Ha is surrounded by mechanical animals and people, each doing something unusual. Some of them were in the windows of the San Francisco fun house. The motors are all restored and working great. You must see this to believe. Check it out on our links and movies page.

The store is designed to bring a smile to your face which everyone needs now a days. Customers say it is like going back in time. As you find something to spark a great memory as a child. It was kind of a goal to do that very thing to people. It features show cases filled with collectables, shelves of lunch boxes for sale, over 300 vintage doll items, old metal yard art, bobby soxer ponytail vinyl items, toy action figures, 8 track tapes, carnival collectibles, front strike match books, Marx pinball machine games or toys, vintage or odd books, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and anything whimsical that we come across. My best friend Dave bought the place next store. He has an outrageous Shabby Chic collection for designers out there. His outside yard is now open on the weekends. He has used metal fixtures, decorative chic items, ornate fencing, brass or iron beds, and wrought iron for your garden or home. Email us below or call us if you come up on other days 707-274-9952.


It is Nice in Nice, California!

The Lunchbox Museum

My husband and I have been busy making this old firehouse in Nice, California a lunchbox musuem. We pulled off the tacky plywood facade to discover that it could be beautiful again. It looks so great due to my husband's colorful imagination. It is an antique and collectables store with a lunch box museum, carnival motif displays, as well as a Laughing Sally replica and moving fun house displays. Every weekend, we add a few more things to our building. We have already painted the entire exterior, refurbished the sliding doors like it had before. The inside front of the store resembles an old theatre. The floor was driven on by fire engines for 50 years so we filled in the cracks and painted it yellow, of course no one will look at it as everything interesting, is above it. No we do not have a pole as it was a one story firehouse.
The colorful ceiling is decorated by circus and carnival banners. It is insulated with recycled material from the old building. The building is green, green, as we were that color before it was cool. We installed an old movie lobby hanging light. The display case wall is made of old hotel glass sliders. Our goal is to use 80% recycled materials and we are doing it.
The lunch boxes are mostly metal but several are vinyl or plastic with over 300 of them bought on the Ebay site. They come in a variety of shapes: domes, tobacco tin, character head or vehicle shapes, and traditional box styles. We will be selling our doubles as well as other new Star Wars boxes in the shop but the others will be on display.
If you want to come see it, please do as we love being curators of our collection and of course make money on the stuff we sell. Until then, I have some fun pictures to give you an idea of what it is like in the museum.

There are some other things you need to checkout while you are in Nice, a lovely town located right on beautiful Clear Lake in California.

The first thing you need to check out is this cool bed and breakfast called the Featherbed Railroad, located right across from the lake. It was recently featured on Eye on the Bay plus Tony and Peggy are the nicest people! Check them out here by clicking on the photo!


Here are two more beautiful places to stay while you are visiting the beautiful northshore of Clear Lake!
If you like a historical feel, stay at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake
and If you are a member of Trendwest you can stay here in Nice

It is nice in Nice, you will not be disappointed for it may be small but there is plenty to keep you occupied with fishing, birding, and the casino at Robinson Rancheria. You can pick up a fishing license right across the street from my store at Marina Market or get a sandwich to go at the Nice Market or Sentry down the street. We have Bottle Bob's Antique Store down the road, too! Check out the Woodpecker's stuff along the way as well as the Mystic Barrel. Breakfast and Lunch places are available close by along highway 20 at the Marina Grill, Evening Rose, and Judy's Junction. We have a great hamburger place at Nice Frosty, BBQ at the Boathouse and even Chinese at the Harbor. Oh and if you want a beautiful garden experience with a touch of wine, check out this winery Ceago a biodynamic vineyard with a lavendar haven. If you want to check out other Lake County wines, visit Lake County Wine Studio in Upper Lake. You could just stay here the whole time if you wanted.

If you love to have old fashion fun with great food and dancing, check out the Sons of Italy! Call Anytime for Info! 707-274-2244

Here are some of my friends and business associates from the Northshore Business Association. People dedicated to a fun Shop, Stay and Play experience on the beautiful northshore of Clear Lake!

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