Unlike most of my trips to Lockhart, I actually got out of my car and walked around the downtown area for a while. I wandered into the Main Street Gallery Antique Store, just a couple of blocks away. Now, I'm not the kind of guy who goes "antiquing" on the weekends, but I went in anyway and found some amazing items. Most notable were the three Edison phonograms which all seemed to be in pretty great shape. The owner of Main Street Gallery, Johnnie R. Lay, was asking between $400 and $600 for each one.
The store also had a beautiful Chickering grand piano in it that was built in 1870. Chickering & Sons was a small Boston-based company that made pianos from 1840 to 1910. Despite this long history, they made relatively few pianos so each one is fairly rare. I plunked down a few notes and it was perfectly in tune and sounded rich and full.
Now it's Monday...back to work!