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"Downsizing" prompts new Hinton business

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Goebels, Bill and Rosemary, said they are enjoying meeting and working with customers at their Roadside Relics "antiques and more" shop in Hinton. A wish to downsize their own numerous items accumulated through 43 years of marriage prompted the couple's idea to open the store in a former convenience store along Highway 75, Rosemary said.
Rosemary Goebel said an effort to "downsize" after 43 years of marriage laid the groundwork for Roadside Relics, in downtown Hinton.

She and her husband, Bill Goebel, an auctioneer had acquired "a number of things," she explained.

"We had inherited items passed on from now deceased parents and grandparents and acquired things from others," she said. "Add to this that Bill likes to buy things."

When the former convenience store location west of Highway 75 in Hinton became available recently, the Goebels thought it was a good time to start their business," she said.

Merchandise at Roadside Relics includes what Rosemary describes as "flea market" and "retro" items.

Antique sales have been relatively good despite the nation's current economic climate, she said.

"The economy definitely affects a business such as ours, probably most apparent within the working class sector of the economy," Rosemary said. "Business has been very good at certain times."

Community events in Hinton have have added to customer traffic, she said.

The Goebels' inventory is a varied one with evidence of people throwing away less and less, she said.

Among the current most popular items are primitive ones including metal tins and boxes, Rosemary said.

Still other sought after items are those used as garden art.

"Something rusty and old, not the high-priced items, get attention," Rosemary said. "Garden art has become very popular. Dishes, for instance, no longer sell."

Customers seeking items for special interests may request an ongoing search for their requests, she said.

Perhaps one of the Roadside Relics' more unique offerings seen periodically on display outside the business is a 1979 Bill Blass Lincoln car, one of a limited number produced.

Even the car has a link to the Goebels' family history.

Rosemary said the car was formerly owned by her husband's aunt, the late Rose Heeren, Le Mars.

Not surprisingly, the Goebels have each had his or her own respective bouts of collecting. Rosemary is fond of kitchen pears and Bill likes tow trucks and wreckers.

She said it is a follow-up to his former days of operating tow trucks.

Antique toys are another of her husband's interests, she added.

Roadside Relics opened in the former Sinclair convenience store location in May and draws a number of Highway 75 travelers, Rosemary said.

"We get a lot of travelers who stop in despite our knowing we're not particularly a destination spot," she said.

Rosemary said she feels the shop has been good for the Hinton community as well as the Goebels.

Customers take advantage of an opportunity to "get out of the car and stretch their legs" and may eat at nearby restaurants or stop at other local businesses, she said.

During their visits to Roadside Relics, customers share memories.

"We have opportunity to hear lots of stories others share with us, about their mother and dad, their grandparents and their respective treasures," Rosemary said. It's all so interesting. Everyone has a story to tell."

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