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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa TV CfJiir KiipUs GntUe: Sun., Ikt 8. 1174 Wooden Different Antique Store By Griffiths Waterloo Courier ELDOHA lie could have called .the place "Hunt's but Instead he named H "Wylle Kiyote's Wooden Nickel Hard To Find Store." Ken Wylie .fount, ,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 voca- tional rehabilitation counselor at the Iowa Training School for Boys at Eldora. Though persons cut the longworded name to a variety of shortened versions, Hunt calls it the "Wooden and first-time visi- tors get a wooden nickel (-worth 25 cents) for a purchase over The business is housed in a crumbling brick building constructed as a Presbyterian church in 1869. Since then the structure has been a feed store, an egg and cheese process- ing plant, a repair shop and a farm imple- ment dealership. Handle Antiques a DCS Moines. native, opened the store in 1973. "I wanted to handle antiques and other hard-to-find he" said.; "I had three be antiques; they had to be hard-to-find andUhey had to be intriguing lo me." He cari .sell you a railroad .caboose, for example. The cost plus transporta- lion costs from "buck1 But except for cabooses, the rest of his Inventory of hard-to-flnds can be found In his unpretentious store. Old household Implements, Jools, short- lived gadgets, old bottles, antique yellowing diplomas and other bits of me- morabilia, have a place on shelves or lacked up on the brick and mortar walls of the Wooden Nickel. Natural Hems "I concentrate metal, wood and' natural Items. I avoid things like plastic as much as I Hunt said. He buys privately and at household sales. "I like old with nostalgia, like the saying: don't take a wooden nickel. "When something's hard to find, I become .an inquisitive type person. Everybody can't getholdof.it." Gnawing at him now is the desire to' get "a stagecoach. .He also sells1 foreign-made items con- signed such as Mexican jewelry and leather'. A. .variety of-foreign, apparel .and handicrafts add to a curiosity shop atmosphere. ;'f Earthy Ring The name of-the store stems 'fom theibtiy-. hood use of. his middle .name, Wylie, instead of Ken, a name used by his father. People 1. called him1 Wylie Klyole after the predator of Road Ifurincr cartoon fame1. -T Because of the eurtliy commerce ring of "Wooden the term was lagged on and Joined by "Hard which is what tho.store Is all about. neatly-bearded Hunt said his ambitioii lo Auslralla spend a winter searching for "and locating additional unusual j '.Then he wants lo 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, but "it was a big struggle finding out what it took lo have my own business. It took 18 months and lo find out what no one would tell me. Now the secrct'is my secret." Got a Notion He said, he drove by the old church, now the store, "every day for 14 and then got a notion lo buy it. And so came the hard-to.-find store. Hunt admits he's nol out to make a lol of money. prices and I feel good and the cus- lomers feel fHis.shop is open during his off-hours from 7-9 p.m. weekdays and 9-5 p.m. Saturdays. He admits tile shop has old merchandise lie 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 The Iowa development com- mission is sponsoring a state- wide procurement conference to assist manufacturers in ob- taining contracts with the federal and state govern- ments. The the first of its.kind to in Iowa, is set for Jan. 1C at the Adven- tiircland Inn, just east of DCS Moines. Doug executive administrator for the commis- sion, is looking for a goodly number of Iowa businessmen; perhaps as many as 700, to attend the conference. Delegation Iowa's congressional dele- gation is co-sponsoring the event and Dashner. is hopeful that all eight will be present. Federal officials represent- ing the military, general serv- ices, government printing, plus many other areas; will be on hand to answer questions that Iowa businessmen might have on the subject of govern- ment contracts. In addition; Dashner said, at least a dozen tractors, '.mainly ''Iowa- or Midwest based, will be pre- sent. Experts Available The experts will be availa- ble for individual counseling with the lowans, Dashner add- ed, and there will be mini- seminars on such subjects as how to prepare bids. Representatives of the state's general services .de- partment will also be present to discuss the awarding of state contracts. The total value of- contracts awarded lo Iowa businesses by federal agencies in fiscal 1973 was million, double the 1972 figure. There were 274 contracts in 1973 between Iowa businesses and federal agencies. There is a registration fee fur the Iowa conference and registrations must be made by Jan. 10. lowans Eligible for1 School Tuition Refunds DES MOINES Several hundred lowans could be eligible for refunds of up to 75 percent of tuition fees they paid lo a 'group of private vocational schools which went out of business more than (wo years ago. 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