Old saddles and hats, well-worn tin plates and cups, horsehair ropes - these are the trappings of the Rim Country's western heritage - and they can be found at a number of antique and collectible shops in the Payson and Pine areas.
Rustic or refined furnishings, old household linens, common and unusual treasures - these are some of the other finds awaiting shoppers.
Those looking for the thrill of the hunt or just the right, storied accent piece or furnishing will not be disappointed. Some Rim Country proprietors will even offer to search elsewhere if they don't have what you want in their shops.
The 22 venues are as varied as the inventories. And the inventories are mind-boggling, from massive buffets and bedsteads to delicate porcelain trinket boxes.
One of the community's newest additions to the Rim Country's antiques and collectibles industry is Frontier Market Place, 404 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.
"I don't want people to feel crowded when they shop, clutching their purse in front of them and keeping their arms and elbows tight against their sides (for fear of knocking something over)," said owner Carol Barr. So, she keeps her space open for easy strolling. "That way customers can see a piece and imagine it in their home."
If you have visited antique and collectible shops in the Rim Country in the past, you will find some changes this summer. A few shops have closed, others have consolidated and some have moved to new, larger locations.
The following is a list of the shops in the area, their locations and telephone numbers. Hours vary, so give them a call first.
Art & Antiques Corral: 1104 S. Beeline at Western Village, (928) 472-3227
Big Bear Antiques: 422 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-5105
Breezee's Antiques & Furniture: 812 N. Beeline Highway, (928) 468-0777
The Carpenter's Wife Antiques: 112 W. Wade Lane, (928) 472-7343
Cedar Lane Antiques: 111 E. Cedar Lane, (928) 468-1351
The Comforts of Home: 200 W. Frontier Street, (928) 474-9801
Cracker Crate General Store: 900 N. Beeline Highway, (928) 472-3325
Eagle Mountain: 501 W. Main Street, (928) 468-0012
Frontier Market Place: 404 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 468-0101
Gasoline Alley: 407 W. Main Street, (928) 474-4932
Git A Rope: 404 W. Main Street, (928) 474-0011
Granny's Attic Antiques: 800 E. Highway 260, (928) 474-3962
Main Street Mercantile: 216 W. Main Street, (928) 468-0526
Payson Antiques: 1001 S. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-8988
Pioneer Village Trading Post: 1117 N. Beeline Highway, (928) 474-3911
Somewhere in Time Antiques: 503 W. Main Street, (928) 474-1996
Gingerbread House: 3936 N. Highway 87, (928) 476-3504
Moose Mountain/Moose Mart Antiques: 6254 W. Hardscrabble Road, (928) 476-3044
Our House: 3879 N. Highway 87, (928) 476-5800
Pine Country Antiques & Vintage: Highway 87, just south of Shell, (928) 476-2219
Pine Station: 3998 N. Highway 87, (928) 476-4882
Tymeless Antiques & Treasures: 3716 N. Prince Drive, (928) 476-4618