New store offers antiques and more
Fans of the ancient, interesting or just plain odd would do well to stop by South Lake Tahoe’s Deja Vu All Over Again.
Offering a diverse array of antiques, curiosities and oddities, longtime Tahoe residents Michael and Lisa Herron opened this shop in late December, in part with the contents of an inherited storage unit.
“We have a lot of stuff to sell,” Mike Herron said. “My mother-in-law passed away five years ago. She had a lot of things in storage.”
Inside Deja Vu, tables and shelves overflow with cast-iron kitchenware, antique prints and paintings, musical memorabilia, old tools, toys and more.
The more noticeable include were a 1950s era slot machine, a giant wrench for work on railroad ties, and a framed print of John William Waterhouse’s “The Lady of Shallot.” An Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor electric guitar hung behind the counter caught the eye of several customers in a brief span of a few minutes. A rack of shiny brass spittoons recalled simpler times.
“Some things in here, I don’t know what they are,” Mike Herron laughed, hefting a large two-pronged metal implement.
The brass craftsmanship and heavily anodized surface probably meant it was some sort of nautical equipment, he said.
“I’ve got a medieval gopher trap,” he said as he showed a spiked implement in a glass case. Above it sat a long brass-handled sword bayonet and a new .50-caliber black powder rifle, while a number of vintage Beatles records in plastic sleeves rested below.
Restocking a store like Deja Vu means frequently hitting the road in search of merchandise, and the Herrons routinely scouring Carson City and surrounding areas.
“I’m always stopping by estate sales, other antique stores,” Mike Herron said. “I can’t pass up a yard sale.”
After two months in business, the store owners are looking forward to expanding inventory and possibly opening another store.
“I have a major Beatles collection coming through,” Mike Herron said. “It’s got Frisbees and hats from original concerts, original movie posters, almost every record.”
He also mentioned an upcoming separate collection of vintage classic rock concert posters, as well as the possibility of partnering with a Carson City, Nev., man to open a second location there.
Deja Vu All Over Again, located in the Pine Cone Plaza at 2492 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.