Thomas Antiques, 92 Powe Street: 2014
Even though I had never been inside the store, I can remember Thomas Antiques being at 92 Powe Street in Cheraw for the longest time. I cannot nail down a specific closing date or even year for Thomas Antiques, but I will go with 2014 because the most recent ad I can find in The Link (paywalled) is from July of that year.
The building has been for sale for a while, and given the amount of structural damage I am seeing from the outside, when someone eventually purchases this property, I will not be surprised to see the building razed to the ground. Perhaps that is why the current owner has not gone inside to remove the leftover merchandise. Then again, where else would he store it? But really, what I would like to know is where are all the cats that have been eating those cans of cat food?
By: Mark Sweat (Tue Apr 12 11:36:22 EDT 2022)My mother was an antique dealer in North Carolina. She made many trips to Cheraw and bought all sorts of items from this place. This was in the 1960s. I often went with her. The most memorable thing that ever happened when we went here was the time I found a Gospel tract on a shelf. I had never seen one before. I must have been around 10 years old. This one was written by Oliver Greene, a true hellfire and brimstone preacher from South Carolina. I didn't understand some of the things in it but I never forgot it. It was ten years before I became a Christian myself. I still find some of Mr. Greene's radio programs on Youtube.