Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 33

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette December 8, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Appliance Gifts Give Work-Saving Gifts to Mom Sears Evrnt Endrin-.    9 P.M. 600 Watts of Power Sear* Ion price two oven lights 29995 Ulcerates automatically for the time selected. Attractive walnut-grain vinyl covered exterior. Handy drop door. 20-minute timer witll signal he Removable glass cook tray. ^ itll recipe book. SHOP AT SEARS ANI) SAVE Satin/at'tion Guaranteed or Your Money Hack Sears Sr AHS. HOCnUCK ANO co. Woo den Nickel: Different Antique Store Town Marshal Western Outfit lag. 8.97 Hot Cycle Reg. $14.97 $997 Fisher Price Play Family Castle S.S. Kresge Co._ Weekdays ■ • ■ 1 ut    Sunday io:oo.9too Lindale Plaza n-.ao-sioo Bv Lawn Griffiths Waterloo Courier ELDORA (AE) — He could have culled the place “Hunt s Antiques,” but instead he named it "Wylie Kiyote’s Wooden Nickel Hard To Find Store.” Ken Wylie Hunt, 39, dealer in offbeat Americana, says the Eldora store is a single man s way of spending his spare time. When he’s not trying to lay his hands on something old and unique. Hunt is a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Iowa Training School for Boys at Eldora Though persons cut the longworded name to a variety of shortened versions. Hunt tails it the "Wooden Nickel," and first-time visitors get a wooden nickel (worth 25 cents) for a purchase over $2. I he business is housed in a crumbling brick building constructed as a Presbyterian church in I HW) Since then tile structure has been a feed store, an egg and cheese processing plant, a repair shop and a farm implement dealership. Handle Antiques Hunt, a Dt^ Moines native, opened the store in 1973. "I wanted to handle antiques and other hurd-to-find items, he said. “I had three criteria, they had to be antiques, they had to In* hard-to-find and they had to Im* intriguing to me.” He can sell you a railroad caboose, for 1 example The cost is $1,600 plus transportation costs from “back east.” But except for cabooses, the rest of his inventory of hard-to-finds can be found in his unpretentious store. Old household implements, tools, short-lived gadgets, old bottles, antique furniture, yellowing diplomas and other hits of memorabilia have a place on shelves or tacked up on the brick and mortar walls of the Wooden Nickel. Natural Items "I concentrate on glass, metal, wood and leather—the natural items. I avoid things like plastic as much as I can,” Hunt said. He buys privately and at household sales "I like old things—Americana—things with nostalgia, like the saying, don’t take a wooden nickel. "When something’s hard to find, I become an inquisitive type jierson. Everybody can't get hold of it.” Gnawing al him now is the desire to get a stagecoach. He also sells foreign-made items consigned to him, such as Persian and Mexican jewelry and leather. A variety of - foreign apparel and handicrafts add to a curiosity shop atmosphere. % Earthy Ring The name of the store stems fom the boyhood use of his middle name, Wylie, instead of Ken. a name used by his father. People called him Wylie Kiyote after the predator of Road Runner cartoon fame Because of the earthy commerce ring of “Wooden Nickel,’’ the term was tagged on and joined by “Hard To Find” which is what the store is all about. The neatly-bearded Hunt said his ambition is to go to Australia and spend a winter searching for “and locating additional unusual items,” Then he wants to strike out for Europe and Great Britain and find more things for his menagerie. An offbeat shop in Iowa city was the idea for Hunt’s Wooden Nickel. He wanted a part-time business, hut "it was a big struggle finding out what it took to have my own business. It took 18 months and $135 to find out what no one would tell me Now the secret is my secret." Got a Notion He said he drove by the old church, now the store, “every day for 14 months,” and then got a notion to buy it. And so came the hard-to-find store. Hunt admits he’s not out to make a lot of money. “I cut prices and I feel good and the customers feel good.” His shop is open during his off-hours from the school, 7-9 p.m. weekdays and 9-5 p m Saturdays. He admits the shop has old merchandise he treasures. Selling it "is like giving away a part of myself.” Ken Hunt, proprietor of Wylie Kiyote's Wooden Nickel, near Eldora. DRIVE SAFELY Manufacturers Get Assistance With Contracts DES MOINES (IDRA) — The Iowa development commission is sponsoring a statewide procurement conference to assist manufacturers in obtaining contracts with the federal and state governments. The conference, the first of its kind to be held in Iowa, is set for Jan. IB at the Adven-tureland Inn, just east of Des Moines Doug Dashner, executive administrator for the commission. is looking for a goodly number of Iowa businessmen, perhaps as many as 700. to attend the conference l*wa Delegation Iowa’s congressional delegation is co-sponsormg the event and Dashner is hopeful that all eight will be present. Federal officials represent- ] ing the military, general sen- j ices, government printing, j plus many other areas, will bt* on hand to answer questions that Iowa businessmen might have on the subject of government contracts In addition, Dashner said, at least a dozen prime contractors, mainly Iowa or Midwest based, will be present. Experts Available The experts will Ik* available for individual counseling with the Iowans, Dashner added, and there will Im* rmni-seminars on such subjects as how to prepare bids Representatives of the state’s general services department will also be present to discuss the awarding of state contracts The total value of contracts awarded to Iowa businesses by federal agencies in fiscal 1973 was $144.2 million, double the 1972 figure There were 274 contracts in 1973 between Iowa businesses and federal agencies, There is a $9 registration fee for the Iowa conference and registrations must Ik* made by Jan IO Iowans Eligible for School Tuition Refunds DES MOINES (IPI) -Several hundred Iowans could be eligible for refunds of up to 75 percent of tuition fees they paid to a group of private vocational schools which went out of business more than two years ago As many as WUNN) former pupils of school* operated by Career Enterprises, Inc., may qualify for tuition refunds on funds paid between January, 19B9 and July. 1972, according to Federal Trade Commission officials Former owners of Career Enterprises which went bankrupt in mid-1972 have agreed to refunds totaling $1 25 million to ex-students who meet certain requirements drive safely Double-Bottom $493 Dump Truck |R.„ $2 66 Mini Tree Ute Set Rag. 2.96 43 40 Lite Multicolor Holiday Wreaths Rag. $4.S7 IOO Sav $1.57 Schrafft’s 4 lb. Boxed Chocolates Rag. 4.97 9377 4-LB.- BOX GIFT CANDY LARGE CAPACITY Kenmore Heavy-Duty Automatic Washer-Dryer *258    *198 5 wadi cycles including permanent press. 5 wash/rinse temperatures and infinite water levels. Convenient direct-ill bleach dispenser. 2-speed motor. Self-cleaning lint filter. ()ff-iialance switch. ONLY Automatic fabric master. 2 position fabric selector. “ Air only” cycle fluffs blankets. Automatic time and temperature controls. \\ Tinkle Guard feature helps prevent set-in wrinkles. STOK*: HOI'IIM    PHONE 3954222 SUNDAY Noon lo 5 p.m.    FRLE PARKING MON. through FRI. 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.    LINDALE PLAZA SATURDAY 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.    CEDAR    RAPIDS.    IOU    \ Mollie Humidifier in New Furniture Look Clo ck Scars low price \11l01nalic shiit-olI Don't let your throat parch this winter! Automatically adds over HK] gals, moisture daily through your home and maintains comfort lev® Beautiful simulated-walnut plastic cabinet. ;

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  • Ken Wylie Hunt
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  • Wylie Kiyote

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: December 8, 1974

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