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Saving Private Ryan’s Tombstones

Our final stop of last year’s trip to Salem, Massachusetts was Witch City Consignment & Thrift. I never venture into antique shops because my untrained eye finds the merchandise to be someone else’s old crap that smells like the basement from which it probably came. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I couldn’t resist the decorations displayed outside the store, and so we stopped.

Once inside, we found a mish mosh of items, but what caught our eye were some realistic tombstones. The shop owner explained that when he heard 20th Century Props in Hollywood was closing, he sent a truck to procure memorabilia for his shop. The tombstones had appeared in the Tom Hanks film Saving Private Ryan. He had quite a few of them and was unloading them at minimal cost. If we had more room in our vehicle, we would have left with more than the four we bought.

When we visit again this October, we will stop to see if any are still available. In the future I won’t be so quick to dismiss antique shops. They are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get, and I know another Tom Hanks character who would agree.

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Just a Normal Day Walking the Streets of Salem, Massachusetts

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