At the first of the year, Git A Rope! Trading Company moved from its original location at the Arts & Antiques Corral at Western Village, 1104 S. Beeline, to its new home at 404 W. Main.
"We just had a year's lease on the first place and had always wanted to be on Main Street," said Jinx Pyle, who owns the shop with his wife, Jayne Peace Pyle. "We wanted to bring a touch of old Payson to Main."
There is a special benefit that has come from the move, he said.
"A lot of the old-timers are coming in and a lot of the old cowboys," Pyle said. "Some come in to buy something for their wives or to see if we have the spurs they're looking for, and sometimes they have old spurs they've picked up and would like us to sell for them. And sometimes they just come into talk."
That talking is the special benefit for Payson's official historian. A couple of the old cowboys Pyle has recently had the chance to visit with: Dude Hunsaker and Joe Haught. Hunsaker told him the tale of roping an antelope, gentling it and hauling it down to the Tonto Natural Bridge for visitors to see. It wasn't confined, but it stayed around, giving folks a show by running -- "Straight as a string," Pyle said -- out across country and then coming back.
"A guy from Game and Fish saw it and decided it shouldn't be at the bridge, so he took it home, tied it up and fed it alfalfa and it died," Pyle said, relating Hunsaker's story.
Besides old spurs and other cowboy gear -- from boots to shirts to hats and saddles -- Git A Rope! Trading Company carries beautiful and authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, rugs and real Kachina dolls from the Acoma, Hopi and Navajo. A variety of home décor pieces and collectibles can also be found.
In fact, Git A Rope! Trading Company carries the Number One collectible -- Painted Ponies by Westland Gifts, and its new line of wolf figurines.
"We're trying to get as many books on the history of the area as we can," Pyle said. These books are by both acknowledged historians and others who should be considered historians, he said, giving Slim Ellison, Stella Hughes and Frank Gillette, as examples.
"We have virtually all of the Pleasant Valley War books. Some of them have been out of print for years, others are so rare that not many people even know about them," he said.
The shop has a variety of vendors represented in the inventory and goods from people Pyle calls "road warriors" -- People who travel around and pick up different goods they think shops like Git A Rope! Trading Company could use (sell).
The shop also has art and antiques, along with several different brands of candles.
So, stop and stay awhile -- there's a lot to see, and maybe something will be exactly what you need, even if you weren't looking for it.
Git A Rope! Trading Company is at 404 W. Main, Payson, it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (928) 474-0011.