Find something 'Olde', something new, and something retro at Rogersville's Olde Towne Emporium

Jeff Bobo • Apr 13, 2020 at 12:51 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article ran in the March 29 Kingsport Times News Progress Edition.

ROGERSVILLE — If you’re looking for something old, something new, or something new that looks like something old, Rogersville’s Olde Towne Emporium is a good place to explore.

Located in the middle of downtown, the Olde Towne Emporium, 212 E. Main St., offers vintage clothing, apparel and an unusual variety of antique and replica odds and ends. 

Owners Ralph and Kathy Peterson moved to Rogersville from Southern California in 2018 with Hawkins County’s new Director of Schools Matt Hixson — who is their son-in-law — along with their daughter and five grandchildren.

“I collect antiques and vintage items, and we have retro reproduction of vintage items,” Kathy told the Times News. “And we have new items, home furnishings, and period clothing.”

KTN: Is there an era that you’re trying to capture in particular?

Kathy Peterson: The 1950s is our favorite. We have Tommy Bahama and bowling shirts, and polka dot dresses, poodle skirts — for children and adults. And we also have Victorian and 1920s era clothes. We have “Flapper” dresses and lots of hats. Ladies’ hats, men’s hats, and all the accessories that go with it.”

She added, “A lot of them come from Palm Springs, where the movie stars have their second homes. So I go shop over there to the upscale thrift stores. Palm Springs isn’t cheap with their clothes because they know what they have, but I can afford to buy them.”

Olde Town Emporium is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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