It's more than your average antique store, it is a must-see destination during your visit to Brady, Texas.
“I wanted our store to be different, the first item we sold was a jar of teeth, we had no idea of the market for oddities at the time”
If you have ever visited Brady, there is no way you missed D & J’s Good Ole Days. It’s that quirky building that stands out like the weird kid in a small town’s school. The place where colorfully painted bikes are mounted around the exterior-----where Betty Boop, dressed in various whimsical fashions throughout the year, extends a hello to all who pass by on Bridge Street. Surely you’ve noticed it. If not, D&J’s eccentric exterior is an honest representation of what to expect inside. It is a combination of old meets new. A peculiar, yet fascinating, artistic display of antiques, vintage items, and oddities- a treat for the eyes.
This local gem is unlike any other “antique” store that you have ever visited. The owners Deanne and Joe have an apparent love for what they do and it shows. You see Deann’s face light up when she shares stories about their most interesting finds and their encounters with intriguing customers. Such as the group of Vampires that visit from Austin yearly to purchase rare finds or the mammoth tusk that once had a home at D&J’s. After 8 1/2 years of owning this type of business, how could you not have some great stories to share! “We never dread coming to work. If you love it, If you love what you do, you never dread coming,” Deanne stated during our interview.
This sentiment is one most small business owners can relate to.
Both Joe and Deann’s appreciation for antiques began well before D&J’s doors ever opened. Deann dreamed of one day owning a small antique store, but little did she and Joe know how this “small” vision would grow into an extraordinary journey. “I wanted our store to be different, the first item we sold was a jar of teeth … we had no idea of the market for oddities at the time,” Deanne describes while recounting how they stumbled into the niche of selling oddities.
This happily married couple of 30 years divides their time between two locations. Joe, with his funny jokes, at the downtown store to greet all that stop in. Whilst Deanne welcomes customers with a sweet smile and humbled appreciation for their business. Rather you're a local or just passing through, be sure not to pass up this one-of-a-kind antique store in Brady, Texas where there is always something new, strange, or unique to see on display.
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