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Christmas 2018 is almost here….

Published on November 9, 2018,

Are you Christmas shopping yet?  It is NOT too early to put special requests and orders in and let us work to get it for you, as we would be happy to do just THAT for you.  When you buy from us, often you find a once in a lifetime unique gift, normally cheaper than ordering it online or purchasing it elsewhere, high quality and undamaged items is all we normally sell.  If we have a damaged item, our tag reflects the issue and is priced to reflect stated issue (s).

December 7, FRIDAY, from 4-8 pm, the THE ANNUAL Christmas in the Park & Peppermint walk is coming to your Up-Town Marion, get Peppermints in different ‘methods,’ shop, enjoy the beautiful winter weather, see Santa / take children you love to see him, eat, stay a while, and shop local.  You can even turn your receipts in (through Marion Up-Town) and be eligible for giveaways provided by the Up-Town Marion Group.  SEE YOU THEN!

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Store NEWS October 25, 2018

Published on October 25, 2018,
Hobart Historic Restoration likes former Maid-Rite building
The Maid-Rite building before closing of the restaurant in January 2017. CREDIT HOMEGROWN IOWAN

Hobart Historic Restoration of Cedar Rapids received a boost last week for its plans to renovate a high-profile historic corner block building in Uptown Marion.

The Marion Maid-Rite closed in early 2017 after more than three decades at the northeast corner of 10th Street and 7th Avenue. Bistro 3 Nineteen announced plans to open in the site, and remodeling took place intermittently on the building between 2013 and summer of 2016 for the new tenant. But the building’s owner ran into code conflicts and other issues that stalled the project, and the building went through foreclosure in December 2017.
Hobart Historic Restoration, known recently for its restorations of the Mott Building and the Knutson building in Cedar Rapids, was awarded a grayfield tax credit of up to $160,000 on Oct. 19 by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board for a plan to redevelop the upper floor of the 13,600-square-foot building into nine apartments and the main floor into prime commercial space.
One possible hurdle to the project is gaining clear title to the building. Jim Hobart of Hobart Historic Restoration says the building is now owned by Community Savings Bank, but some legal issues stemming from the previous owner’s attempts to renovate the building would still have to be cleared up.
The  building was constructed in 1882 by George Owen, and features a distinctive canted corner entry facing the intersection of 10th Street and Seventh Avenue.  Mr. Hobart said his company made an unsuccessful bid to buy the building before it went to the previous owner, and still considers it to have strong potential.
Bistro 3 Nineteen has since opened in a nearby storefront at 796 11th St.
Story credit from the Corridor Updates, and please note the photograph does exclude the 1026 and 1030 7th Avenue portion of the building which does include Treasure Chest Collectibles and the former Schmitty’s Barber Shop locations.  

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TCC is now on Instagram

Published on June 11, 2015,

Exciting news…Treasure Chest Collectibles has emerged from spending all our time “in the past”, and have now added Instagram to our social media presence.  You can find us under the treasurechestcollectibles username.  Follow us and see all our great pics!

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Furniture at Treasure Chest Collectibles? You Bet!!!

Published on May 8, 2015,

We hear people say fairly frequently, “Oh, you don’t sell furniture, do you?” Well, we beg to differ. While we don’t usually have the big furniture items (dining room tables, bed sets, dressers, sofas, etc.), we have many great accent pieces of furniture: Curio cabinets, wall display shelves (including printer’s drawers), bookshelves, side/end tables, chairs, lamps, plant stands, typewriter tables, quilt racks, framed art, and a fantastic selection of mirrors. Don’t let the items on the furniture fool you…the furniture pieces are also for sale!!! Stop in for all your accent furniture needs at Treasure Chest Collectibles.

furniture in store

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1970s Pepsi Collector glasses

Published on April 29, 2015,

Pepsi in the 1970s released some fantastic collector glasses: Looney Tunes, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Cool Cat, Tom & Jerry, and others. We have just placed a collection of 41 unique glasses from 1973 to 1976 out on our shelves. These are great collectibles items!!!! Stop in and pick up your favorite characters before someone else gets hold of them!!!

Pepsi 1970s glasses

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1984 Super Powers Collection DC Action Figures

Published on March 27, 2015,

1984 Super Powers Collection action figures: Batman & Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, and Green Lantern. Six great 31 year old DC figures!!! These do not come around often…hurry in!

super powers figures

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Schmitty’s Barber Shop Still in the BUILDING….just around the corner….

Published on March 24, 2015,

Friday, 04/13/2018:  Looking on our site.  Discover KIM WHITE, owner of Schmitty’s Barber Shop, former located for over 35 years (if I recall correctly) at 1030 7th Avenue, has already celebrated 0ver 3 years in her BRAND NEW SPOT made JUST FOR HER with all new EVERYTHING around the corner in this same HISTORIC OWEN BUILDING just with a new address of 10th Street instead of 7th Avenue!  UNBELIEVABLE how the TIME FLIES!  How fortunate she is to have such an amazing shop with all new amenities in YOUR UP-TOWN MARION.  Please do check her out, and remember Schmitty’s Barber Shop is STILL GOING STRONG after ALL THESE YEARS…just in a modernized and up-graded, made for Kim White fashion, all still in the Owen Block Building, built in 1880!

Schmitty’s Opened around the Corner 3/24/2015:  Join us in congratulating Kim of Schmitty’s and welcome her to her new spot just around the corner….she is now located behind the Marion Maid-Rite in a beautifully done for her salon spot; modern, clean, crisp, beautiful….YOU won’t miss it because she has two awesome barber signs on the building.  We will miss having her next door to us.  Her new spot is amazing and worth stopping in for a new ‘do’ to see her and welcome her to her NEW HOME….still SCHMITTY’s….just a new, modern ‘home’ around the corner.  We love her new spot and know you will too.  Congratulations, Kim!

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Die-Cast Beer Semis/Tractor Trailers

Published on March 21, 2015,

Do you collect die-cast tractor trailors/semis? Do you collect beer items? This group of new items in the store fits both of those categories!!! Bud Light, Lite Beer, Olympia, Stroh’s, Carling’s, Coors, Miller, Budweiser, Foster’s. Some Winross, some Matchbox, all awesome die-cast!!! Hurry in for the best selection!

Die cast beer trucks

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HUGE G I Joe collection

Published on March 7, 2015,

We have just brought in a collection of over 50 G I JOE figures (3 3/4″) from 1983 through 1987. Nearly all are 100% complete, and all but four have their full uncut file card with them. Most of these figures are version 1 for their character, and there are a few version 2s. Plus we have a complete HAVOC!!!

Below is a picture of just a small sampling from the collection.  Hurry in for the best selection.

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Quaker Oats, Amana, and other Die-Cast

Published on January 22, 2015,

quaker amana die cast semis

We have some great die-cast tractor trailers (semis) just in.  We have 1993, 94, 95, and 96 Ertl Quaker Oats models.  Also the red(1998)  and blue (2000)  PenJoy Quaker Oats models, and a 1991 Quaker Oats Hawkeye Stake Truck Bank.  We also have an Amana Freightliner w/ trailer 1/54 scale die-cast by 1st Gear, a 50th Anniversary D-Day Commemorative Tractor Trailer model, and a 1996 Election pair of Tractor Trailers (Bill Clinton & Bob Dole), plus a Campbell’s die-cast truck.  These are in like new condition…most purchased and immediately stored.  We have duplicates of most of the Quaker Semis and the election semis.  Hurry in while we still have a selection!!!