Shopping Fun in Humboldt & Camp Verde

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It’s always fun to get away from the office to visit some of our advertising shops. So, when Carol Williams at Re-Collectables asked me to come up to Humboldt for one of her semi-monthly weekend sales’ events, I decided to make a day of it and visit two other shops as well – Sweet Pea Antiques and Ruby Road Resale Mall, both in Camp Verde.

Re-Collectables in Humboldt

My first stop was at Re-Collectables, where Carol offers a wonderful mix of antiques and vintage items displayed in attention-grabbing vignettes. Each unique arrangement invites you in to take a closer look at the interesting pieces on display. There are also lots of garden and rustic pieces outside. The shop is open Thursdays through Saturdays, twice a month, from February through October. Carol devotes the other months to collecting and preparing for her season.

Sue Martin and Liz Allison work with Carol and the three complement each other, providing different talents that make Re-Collectibles a fun market to explore.

Carol opened Re-Collectables almost 18 months ago and the large building is located in a beautiful and peaceful countryside setting with green meadows and large weeping willow trees at the back of the property. She had previously owned Carol’s Main Street Antiques in Humboldt and closed that shop with plans to relocate to its current location. Customers regularly drive up to the shop each month to check out the latest “new” treasures. The building is easy to find with good signs directing you from the Main Street exit off Hwy 69.

Carol began collecting antiques in the 1960s when she would accompany her mother, Shirley Williams, as they scoured antique shops, shows, garage sales and thrift shops. Shirley collected Depression glass and was a member of the Phoenix Depression Glass Club for many years. Carol became “addicted” to antique hunting—now called “picking,” and it looks like one of her granddaughters is following in the family tradition. Dylan Esch, age 4, found several items to sell at Re-Collectables when she was out with her mom, Emily Esch. Dylan has already learned to see the potential in the “pick” and carefully pocketed her earnings from the items she sold!

Plan a trip to visit Re-Collectables for one or more of the four remaining sales this year. Check their ad on page 3 for the September and October dates. Located at 13540 Prescott Rd, Humboldt, it is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the sale or call for an appointment at 928-273-2464. Be sure to pick up a jar of Shirley’s Applesauce Jam like I did—it’s delicious!

Sweet Pea Antiques, Camp Verde

Just a short half hour drive from Humboldt through some beautiful northern Arizona scenery and I was in Camp Verde. My first stop was at Sweet Pea Antiques, a busy mall with more than 40 vendors that is “over 5,000 square feet of pure fun!” And that is what I found as I strolled through the store enjoying one display after another, all beautifully arranged.

Owner Wynne Melton has brought together a group that she affectionately calls her “Sweet Peas” whom she describes as “a wonderful group of vendors who are unique collectors and artists.” From antiques, vintage, furniture and home décor to gifts, there is something that appeals to everyone’s interest. The Fiesta Ware that is featured on our front cover was a display that caught my eye with its great colors in a pretty cabinet setting.

An original vendor when Sweet Pea Antiques opened in 2006, Wynne became the mall’s owner in March 2012. She had always wanted to own her own shop so it was a dream come true for her when the opportunity to buy the mall came up. Adding her personal touch, Wynne uses the front parlor to feature new merchandise or a new theme and she gives it a complete makeover every three months, keeping it fresh and exciting for her customers. In the next few months, Sweet Pea Antiques will be adding a new “industrial” themed space full of fun rusty goodness.

Sweet Peas is a family affair. Wynne says, “My husband Todd and my parents, Mickey and Donna Momeyer have been my saving grace. They chip in with just about every aspect of the business and I am so blessed to have their help!”

Stop in and visit Wynn and the Sweet Peas. Located right on Highway 260, the mall is easy to find and is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. Find them at or call 928-567-6555.

Ruby Road Resale, Camp Verde

My next and last stop was at Ruby Road Resale just a short couple of miles up the road on Highway 260. The owners are Pamela and Paul Bridgnell who have combined antiques and collectibles with art, home furnishings, jewelry, apparel and everyday items. The store has become a leader in the practice of “Reducing, Recycling and Repurposing” used goods and, with more than 60 dealers, there is something for everyone in every price range

As I browsed through the 6000 square foot mall, I discovered a fun place to shop with a surprise around every turn—including the proverbial kitchen sink. In this case, it was a colorful Mexican-style painted

Prior to opening Ruby Road Resale in 2005, Pamela had spent many years doing private estate sales in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. The Bridgnells decided that Camp Verde would be a perfect choice to open their mall—right in the heart of the Verde Valley and minutes from beautiful Sedona and the Verde Valley Wine Country. It looks like it was a good choice since they are in the process of expanding and adding more space to meet shoppers’ needs.

Ruby Road Resale is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call 928-567-5759.

Camp Verde is a great place to visit with shopping and special attractions like Montezuma’s Castle, Fort Verde State Historical Park and Cliff Castle Casino. The shop owners can make suggestions for local restaurants to eat at or interesting spots to visit, so be sure to ask when you stop at Sweet Peas Antiques or Ruby Road Resale. Each February, the annual Camp Verde Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival is held bringing many people in to the area from all over Arizona. Make Camp Verde a destination for your next day trip.


Sweet Pea Antiques

Ruby Road Resale

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