Richmond's Old Depot Antiques
specializes in women's vintage clothing
By Brooke Barker
April 9, 2006 | RICHMOND -- Walking through the door
of the Old Depot Antiques store, I was taken back to
the days of shopping with my Grandma. She used to drag
me into shops like these, mostly because she liked what
I, as a 7-year-old, considered junk. The words "look,
don't touch" came to my head as I wandered through rows
of knickknacks and vintage clothing.
I don't think Barbara Graham, the owner, would have
minded if I touched anything. She had a smile on her
face from the instant I walked in the door, dripping
wet from the rain outside.
I wouldn't have dared, even as a young and curious
little girl, pet the stuffed raccoon greeting me with
its wide eyes as I walked towards the back of the store.
The real treasures are back here, if you can find them.
Old Native American paintings adorn the walls, mismatched
cups and china sit on tables, books of all sorts are
piled on shelves and the small collection of Mickey
Mouse memorabilia sits along one wall. These are just
a few of the collectibles in the huge room: beauty is
in the eye of the beholder.
The Old Depot Antiques shop looks like any other building
on Main Street: old, small, painted a creamy color and
lacking any sort of real parking area. Once inside,
however, it's a whole new world.
Graham and her daughter, Terri Bullen, opened the
small shop in 1999. Graham used to pass the building
everyday on her way to work in Preston, and began inquiring
about it around 1990.
"Two brothers owned it and weren't willing to sell
it at the time, but probably a year later they called
to see if I was still interested," Graham recalls, with
a bright white smile contrasting against her Native
American skin and silky black hair.
Graham spent time repairing and remodeling the building,
which first served as a depot station for the trolley
system with the Utah-Idaho Central Railroad Company.
The trolley made it possible for travelers to go from
as far as Preston, Idaho, to Saltair at the Great Salt
Lake. The station closed in 1947 after cars became a
more popular form of transportation. The building was
abandoned for many years until a family tried living
in it, but left after traffic on U.S. Highway 91 increased.
It continued to be unused for some time, until becoming
a strip mall housing a laundromat, dry cleaners and
Today, the building is divided into three large rooms,
and perhaps the brightest is the room of old-fashioned
clothing, shoes, hats and other accessories. Everything
from a hot pink, feathered hat to white cowgirl boots
from some wedding or rodeo queen competition can be
found in the seemingly small room. Gowns with ruffles,
polka dots, sequins, beads and in literally all shades
line every wall, each representing a different decade
of women's fashion.
Vintage clothes were the reason Graham and her daughter
decided to open the shop. "We'd collected quite a few
things throughout the years, and decided it was time
to try and sell some of them," Graham says.
Today, Graham runs the store by herself, gathering
new additions on her travels to places such as the Yukon.
Her daughter is now involved with raising her own family
and Graham's husband, a former veterinarian, recently
retired, so Graham isn't sure how much longer she'll
run the business.
"Right now I'm only open a few days, and my husband
and I are going on a long trip, so I'll probably reopen
full time around September," Graham said.
Currently, Old Depot Antiques is open Wednesday through
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. I may have to drag my
Grandma to an antique store the next time I see her,
or rather we'll just have to walk down the stairs to
her basement: after all, one girl's junk is another