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A Backward Glance

In Reidsville, NC there is a massive antique shop called “A Backward Glance” where the items change often – or so says the owner. But that doesn’t really matter, there is enough there to bring you back even if the antiques never changed. There’s so much that you could spend days digging around.


There are two loaded floors and so many rooms. Everything is organized into categories. Upstairs there is a room devoted to glass bottles, Christmas, sports, toys, kitchen items, etc. Downstairs there are sections for books, tools, photography and video, hats, art, etc.


Some of the stuff borderlines on antique and you’d probably have a better chance finding a lot of these things at garage sales than at the Antique Road Show. But, isn’t that the fun of it all? You can tell that a lot of this stuff has been on the same shelf, in the same spot for years, and you know it isn’t going anywhere. Who cares?


Part of the pleasure of A Backward Glance is its owner; an antique man whose name escapes me while his image does not. He admittedly has no knowledge of antiques and doesn’t care to. He does, however, have the ability to tell you what he paid for every single item in his store – which is huge. All of the things in his store come from estate sales that he unloads, by himself, by the truckload. He says most stuff is bought up by antique dealers before it ever hits the floor which will make you wonder what all there could be if that didn’t happen.


A Backward Glance is located at 212 Settle St. in downtown Reidsville, NC. If you’re ever in the area it is definitely worth the trip.