We're officially half way through our trip to Paso Robles, CA. So far we've seen nearly all of the local museums as well as the antique stores. There's been no shortage of good food and wine, but per usual, we've found little to nothing in the way of corkscrews in the antique stores/malls.
So far, we've been to around 15 antique stores. Nearly everything that we've found has either not been worth buying or too overpriced. We visited one store which I would rank as the 3rd worst antique store that I've ever seen. It was more of a hoarder's junk pile than an antique store, but when asked, the owner was able to find a few common corkscrews with bent helixes. He said he had some more corkscrews, but it would take him 2 days to dig through a room to find them. I gave him my card and told him to email me if he ever found them. The store owner then told us that he has never used a computer in his life and proceeded to show us his flip phone that was almost old enough to be in an antique store.
But the search continued and I finally did manage to buy something. I bought 2 mystery lots of bottle openers pictured below for a total of $15. I can see that one of the bags contains 2 can opener corkscrews, but for the most part, the rest of the contents are somewhat of a mystery. I'll wait until I return home to unpack them.
Today we finally found some corkscrews worth purchasing, but unfortunately they weren't for sale as they were a part of the Paso Robles Historical Society Museum. I was happy to see that they had such an accurate description of the corkscrews.
We have a few days left and we're sure to visit some more antique stores, so there's still hope although it's waning quickly.
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