Thursday, November 15, 2018

'Old Rags' Vintage brings nostalgia to Bishop

Sarah Vogt and Dave Wolfe are bringing their quirky and eclectic style to the burgeoning antique industry in Bishop after opening their vintage store Old Rags at 5300 Macon Highway.

But the pair also has a soft spot for items that bring up feelings of nostalgia.

“Dave picked up a Valentine’s chocolate box from the 40s at an estate sale,” Vogt said. “When you open it up, she had saved the tag from her dress and a ticket to the movies. It must have been some special date they had. There’s so much emotion and history in that one simple thing that you can pick up. I almost cried when I opened it up.”

Old Rags aims to bring “an interesting antique shopping experience and a variety of things they may not find in other stores,” to shoppers, said Wolfe.

Visitors to the store can find quality vintage clothing, records, military memorabilia, local historical artifacts, midcentury modern furniture and old toys amongst the shelves at Old Rags. 

“There’s a lot of people who come in who say, ‘I used to have this as a kid!’” said Vogt.

She added: “I hope we can bring a more curated selection of things, especially in regards to clothing. There aren’t a whole lot of true vintage clothing stores in Athens.”

The store even has a Tiki section, where wooden carvings and bright Hawaiian shirts can be purchased.

“We like it to be fun, for there to be lots of eye candy and for items to strike a chord in people with their heart and in their memory, with the added benefit that they can purchase it and take it home,” said Wolfe.

Vogt describes Old Rags’ prices as moderate, the place where someone can find a record for $10 or a nice dress for $30.

“The more shopping, the more retail, the more restaurants that Bishop can get I think will make it a destination,” said Wolfe. “It’s already become an antique destination because of this row of dealers.”

The store is open Thursday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the store closing at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and opening at noon on Sundays. Old Rags is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.

For Vogt and Wolfe, one of the best parts of their job is discovering the stories behind the items they find and being a part of the preservation of that memory.

“For me, the way I look at my mission as an antique dealer, is if it weren’t for us, a lot of this stuff would be completely lost to history,” said Wolfe. “There are a lot of tidbits of history that you turn over and discover that no one would know. If you hadn’t looked in that outbuilding or that footlocker, part of someone’s story would be lost.”

For more stories, see the Nov. 15 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, go to or call (706) 769-5175.

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