Unique gifts from area stores 2007.11.28

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You’re probably looking for a doo-rag and figuring you’ll have to make a trip to Adrian or Toledo.

No so fast. That special person on your shopping list can be taken care of right here in Morenci.

Head up the road from Wakefield Park to Morenci Marathon and you’ll find a selection of doo-rag head gear, including one model with a Confederate flag pattern.

If a doo-rag wasn’t on anyone’s Christmas list, you might want to pencil it in. It’s a unique gift to be enjoyed by many.

There’s much more than this to be found in Morenci and Fayette stores. You’ll probably be surprised if you look around.

Morenci Marathon, Morenci Deli and Fayette’s Circle K store are all excellent sources of stocking stuffer material. Bike bells to ward off evil spirits, huge selections of beef and ham jerky, the biggest selection of candies, and, of course, a lottery ticket or two. Don’t forget to add a note on the card about sharing the winnings.

Hardware stores are packed with unusual items. Did you know pet nail trimmers are available at both Johnson’s Hardware in Morenci and D&R Hardware in Fayette?

A do-it-yourselfer might appreciate a cake of beeswax to lubricate screws before driving them in. There’s a large selection of Maglite flashlights and back-saver snow shovels with the curved handles.

Start your young builder off with a kid’s carpentry set, then add a kit to build a wooden toolbox, birdhouse or message board. D&R has a new shipment of Dickies work coats, too.

Across the street from Johnson’s at Mike’s Pharmacy, there are plenty of stocking stuffer ideas, including gel pens, Metallic Markers and hand-held calculators.

Someone on your list might enjoy a manicure set, a home haircutting kit or a travel bag for toiletries.

Down the street at Don’s Sporting Goods, Don Glasser has a selection of hand-made fishing rods just waiting for the ice to form on area lakes. He also has his own line of DogLeg lures and cribbage set that he crafted. If the family needs a new board game, pick up a set of Whitetailopoly.

Take a drive east for Morenci’s toy headquarters, the Dollar General store. Pick up some kitchenware for the cook in the house or get a good price on DVDs for the movie fan. And don’t forget a bottle of sparkling cider for the whole family to enjoy.

Back to the west, at Borchardt Brothers Market, there’s always the traditional fruit basket or meat and cheese tray, but they’re also eager to please with the non-traditional variety. How about a fruit basket that includes a six-pack of beer? They’ve filled that request in the past.

A poinsettia plant makes a good pre-Christmas gift, and don’t overlook the light-up Christmas card holders. You’ll probably want one of those for yourself.

Travel on up Main Street and head down Salisbury to Morenci Building Supply. It’s not a traditional Christmas shopping venue, but there could be someone on your shopping list who would love one of the tools off their clearance table.

Another Fayette store to mention is the Village Florist toward the west end of town. You’re bound to find unique items that aren’t available anywhere else in the area, ranging from large outdoor angels to decorative wind chimes.

Be sure to see the welcome signs by Design Port. They can be suspended on a metal stand or hung on the side of your house. There’s also a large selection of Demdaco figurines.

While in Fayette, stop in at Parker’s Corners, the annual sale of locally-crafted items in Opera House. It’s a good place for one-of-a-kind gifts, from baby items to jewelry to wreaths. The store is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

Because the word “unique” was used early in the story, we’ve saved Dunbar Furniture for last.

Where did all this stuff come from?

“From everywhere,” says owner Duane Dunbar.

A fur coat, a coal shovel, toys and a jock strap. Antiques such as a Boss skirt marker or R.S. Prussia dishes.

For that extra special musician, there’s even an old accordian complete with carrying case.

“I had three, now I’m down to one,” Duane said.

Better hurry in for the last one.

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